Resources for North Carolina Teachers

North Carolina recently passed a law requiring that all high school students take a course on the principles that form the philosophical foundations of documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  We are currently developing resources to help North Carolina educators meet this requirement.  The resources include complete lesson plans, student handouts, interactive activities, answer keys, and much more.

Click below to download pilot test materials.

Note on course progression:

  • Most lessons include a pre-assessment activity titled “Attitude Inventory.” At the end of each lesson, we recommend the meta-cognitive exercise of having students return to their responses and evaluate how their understandings have progressed.
  • Periodically as you progress through lessons, remind students that the history, primary sources, court cases, and other background knowledge they are gaining in each lesson should be applied to their final project described in the introduction.


Founding Principles Introduction

Notes to Teachers on Using the Course

Creator-Endowed Inalienable Rights

Inalienable Rights Overview

Inalienable Rights Lesson Plan

Declaration of Independence

Consent of the Governed

Consent of the Governed Viewing Guide


George Washington

Individual Responsibility

Individual Responsibility Unit Overview

Individual Responsibility Lesson

Rule of Law

Rule of Law Unit Overview

Rule of Law Lesson

Representative Government

Representative Government Overview

Representative Government Lesson

Representative Government Video

Separation of Powers

Separation of Powers Overview Page

Separation of Powers Lesson

Separation of Powers Video

Individual Rights

Individual Rights Overview

Individual Rights Lesson Plan

The Bill of Rights and The Founders

The United States Bill of Rights

Due Process

Due Process Unit Overview

Due Process Lesson One

Due Process Lesson Two

Are They Watching You? Interactive Activity

Are They Watching You? Answer Key

Are They Watching You? Sources

Private Property

Private Property Unit Overview

Property, the Bill of Rights, and the Supreme Court

The Bill of Rights and Property

The Founders on Public Debt

Liberty and The Supreme Court


Federalism Unit Overview

Federalism Lesson Plan

The Principle of Federalism: How has the Commerce Clause Mattered?

Equal Protection

Equal Protection Overview

Equal Protection Lesson Plan

Equal Protection and Affirmative Action

Plessy v. Ferguson

Brown v. Board of Education

University of California Regents v. Bakke

Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger