Countdown to the Constitution – Reviewing Committee of Detail Report

August 29th, 2011 by

Philadelphia—The delegates, having now tackled topics as challenging as representation in Congress and several issues related to slavery, are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. But decisions remain related to the separation of powers between the three national branches, as well as to federalism: the assignment of powers between the Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 13

August 25th, 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…

Failing Liberty

August 24th, 2011 by

Civic education has a fundamental problem. It is not like other forms of education that teach specific content and skills that have an obvious value in the marketplace. Instead, it teaches content and skills that are necessary for our society to continue to function in ways that we take for granted. In other words, we Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Slavery

August 22nd, 2011 by

Philadelphia – When the Convention began their work in earnest in the spring of 1787, its delegates must have known that the complex issue of slavery would be a “make-or-break” matter for the new republic.  Indeed, the volatile issue would wait a full three months into the Convention before being tackled with any level of Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 12

August 19th, 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 – A Rough Draft of the Constitution

August 15th, 2011 by

The Convention adjourned from July 26th to August 6th to allow the Committee of Detail – composed of John Rutledge of South Carolina, Edmund Randolph of Virginia, Nathaniel Gorham of Massachusetts, Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut, and James Wilson of Pennsylvania – to prepare a rough draft of a constitution, based on the series of resolutions Read more…

Summer DBQ – Tinker v. Des Moines Document 11

August 12th, 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…

Committee of Detail Report – A Rough Draft of the Constitution

August 9th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – The end of July marked a significant milestone at the Constitutional Convention. Having considered and debated multiple proposals and counter proposals on the structure of a new government, the delegates were ready to compose a written version of the resolutions they had agreed upon.  A “Committee of Detail” – composed of John Rutledge Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ Continues! – Document 10

August 4th, 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…