Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 5

June 30th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Connecticut Compromise

June 30th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – Well over a month into the convention, the delegates are still at odds over how to settle the question of representation in the new government. All believed that the answer to this question would determine whether the states would continue as distinct political societies, or whether the new national government would form one Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Luther Martin – Reality TV Star?

June 27th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – Reality television and the Constitutional Convention have more in common than you might think. We know from scanning primetime that every good reality show has at least one unruly character. But could this also be true during one of our Nation’s most formative narratives? Meet Luther Martin, one of Maryland’s delegates who unabashedly Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 4

June 23rd, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? Have you ever blogged a DBQ? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Powers of the Legislative Branch

June 20th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – As the convention entered its fifth week, many of its delegates must have had a growing frustration that little progress had been made. The Virginia Plan had been presented, debated, and amended… and in response, William Patterson and Alexander Hamilton each presented competing plans, drawn on entirely different principles. With those competing plans Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 3

June 16th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? Have you ever blogged a DBQ? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your Read more…

Happy Flag Day!

June 14th, 2011 by

On June 14th, 1777 , the Marine Committee of the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution declaring “that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.” The flag design was based on the “Grand Union” Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Alternate Plans: NJ and Hamilton

June 13th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – Debates over the Virginia Plan have inundated the Convention for weeks, but several delegates from the smaller states are concerned about the scope of the plan.  It would completely eliminate the Articles of Confederation and put in its place a stronger national government.  Wasn’t the Revolution fought to rid Americans of a tyrannical Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 2

June 9th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? Have you ever blogged a DBQ? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your Read more…

Starting a Law Club – by Jaclyn Burge

June 8th, 2011 by

We are pleased to feature a guest blog by Jaclyn Burge, a senior at Kingsburg High School in Kingsburg, California. Jaclyn participated in the 2010 Constitutional Academy. Jaclyn is responding to our question, “Why do you think being engaged in civics is so important as a young person? What have you done, do you do, Read more…