The Significance of Federalist No. 1 eLesson

September 2nd, 2014 by

The Significance of Federalist No. 1 eLesson Summary: Taken at face value, Federalist No. 1 serves as an introduction to The Federalist Papers. But, to reduce it to merely an introduction trivializes its importance.  It is not simply an introduction, but rather an unprecedented appeal to the people of the United States to abolish the Read more…

Supreme Court Round-Up 2013-2014 eLesson

May 23rd, 2014 by

Supreme Court Round-Up 2013-2014 eLesson Our annual Supreme Court Round-Up eLesson is here! Students will research three cases from the 2013-2014 year and report on their findings. Download the student guide and answer key. Have students choose three Supreme Court cases from 2013-2014. For each case should research and report the following information: When was Read more…

Preserving the Bill of Rights – Property Unit eLesson

May 6th, 2014 by

Preserving the Bill of Rights – Property Unit eLesson While most people think of property as land or a dwelling, the term has much more constitutional significance and touches almost every aspect of citizens’ lives. The Founders, influenced by English philosopher John Locke, believed property rights in one’s body and person to be the root Read more…

Scholarship Contest Winners Announced!

April 25th, 2014 by

Scholarship Contest Winners Announced! We’ve recently completed our 2013-2014 We The Students Scholarship Contest and are excited to share the results. The contest ran from September to December 2013 and we received over 1,500 entries from students across the country. Many of the entries we received were of high quality, and it was a difficult Read more…

Time for a Career Shift? Do What the Founders Did!

April 15th, 2014 by

Time for a Career Shift? Do What the Founders Did! Many of the Founders were true Renaissance men, excelling at many different careers throughout their lives. Washington was a surveyor, soldier, and then farmer. Franklin was printer, scientist, and then philanthropist.  Wilson was a teacher, lawyer, and then politician. Have you thought about your next Read more…

Snowden and the NSA eLesson

April 9th, 2014 by

Snowden and the NSA A mere nine months ago no one knew the name Edward Snowden. Now not a week goes by without a news story related to his revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA). No doubt your class has already begun to ponder the implications of NSA information gathering and what it says Read more…

Brown v. Board of Education (1954) eLesson

February 18th, 2014 by

After the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment was passed to grant citizenship to former slaves and protect them from civil rights violations in their home states. Public schools were relatively rare throughout the United States, but were often segregated by race where they existed. The same Congress that passed the Fourteenth Amendment created racially segregated Read more…

How One Teacher Uses Bill of Rights Institutes’ Teaching with Current Events

June 4th, 2013 by

How One Teacher Uses Bill of Rights Institutes’ Teaching with Current Events Valencia Abbott, a Social Studies teacher at Rockingham Early College High School in Wentworth, North Carolina, shared how she uses the Teaching with Current Events resource at BillofRightsInstitute.org. Ms. Abbott believes that the study of current events is an invigorating way to encompass Read more…

George Mason: In His Own Words eLesson

May 28th, 2013 by

George Mason: In His Own Words Although your school year might be winding down, at this time in 1787 the Founders were just getting started at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.  Learn more about Founder George Mason in this week’s eLesson. George Mason’s ideas helped to shape the Founding documents of the United States, but Read more…

Learn More About Gouverneur Morris eLesson

April 30th, 2013 by

Learn More About Gouverneur Morris eLesson Our latest eLesson is now available.  Sign up to have our eLessons emailed directly to you! Though James Madison has been given the title, “Father of the Constitution,” a case could be made that Gouverneur Morris was second in importance only to the Virginian in shaping the final version Read more…