Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us, 1st Edition

Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us, 1st Edition

Whether used as an introductory tool for middle school students, or a review tool for high school students, Being an American, develops students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, civic values, American heroes, and what citizenship means to each of us.

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Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us, 1st Edition (SPANISH)

Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us, 1st Edition (SPANISH)

Whether used an introductory tool for middle school students, or a review tool for high school students, Being An American, develops students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills while focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, civic values, American heroes, and what citizenship means to each of us.

Students handouts and activity printed in Spanish.

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Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us, 2nd Edition

Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us

Being An American: Exploring the Ideals that Unite Us

Through primary source analysis, writing assignments, discussion prompts, and other activities, students will “connect the dots” by focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, civic values, American heroes, and explore the meaning of citizenship to them.

This teacher’s guide can be used as an introductory tool for middle school students, or a review tool for high school students.  The activities focus on developing students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Featured American Heroes:

  • George Washington
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Dorthea Dix
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Cesar Chavez
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • John Marshall
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Henry Clay
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Mary Beth Tinker
  • Henry David Thoreau
  • And more!
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Citizenship and Character: Understanding America’s Civic Values

Citizenship and Character

Citizenship and Character: Understanding America’s Civic Values

Through primary source analysis and historical narratives, students will explore how they can put key civic values into practice, as well as how great Americans have embodied these civic values. Each of the 10 units features a civic value as well as highlights Americans who demonstrated that value. The lesson plans include primary sources, focus questions, and historical narratives.  An accompanying interactive CD-ROM is included with the teacher’s guide.

Civic Values Discussed: Courage Respect Consideration Perseverance Industry Responsibility Justice Initiative Moderation Integrity

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Conflict and Continuity: The Story of American Freedom

Conflict and Continuity: The Story of American Freedom

Written at a 10.5 reading level, this 12-lesson curriculum works to strengthen your students’ understanding and appreciation of First Amendment rights that involve constitutional conflicts as well as continuities. Students will be able to examine and analyze:

  • Historical foundations and interpretations of the First Amendment
  • First Amendment freedoms and the Internet
  • The balance of liberty and security
  • Historical narratives highlighting celebrated individuals

Conflict and Continuity also includes a list of First Amendment landmark Supreme Court cases, and a complete answer key.

Conflict and Continuity: The Story of American Freedom is a joint project of the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum and the Bill of Rights Institute.

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Faces of Freedom in American History

Faces of Freedom in American History

Faces of Freedom in American History

Written at an 8.0 reading level, this 12-lesson curriculum works to strengthen your students’ understanding of their First Amendment rights and the people who have struggled to protect those freedoms.  Students will be able to examine and analyze:

  • Historical foundations of the First Amendment
  • First Amendment freedoms
  • How current issues impact freedom
  • Historical narratives about legendary Americans

Faces of Freedom in American History also includes resources such as a set of Freedom cards highlighting the contributions of individuals in history, a list of First Amendment landmark Supreme Court cases, and a complete answer key.

Faces of Freedom in American History is a joint project of the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum and the Bill of Rights Institute.

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Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words – Combined Set

Founders and the Constitution

Founders and the Constitution – Combined Set

Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words introduces your students to twenty-four individuals who had a direct impact on the founding of our constitutional government. Students will explore the lives and ideas of the Founders, analyze their writings, and appreciate each Founder’s role in shaping our government. Divided into two volumes, the Founders and the Constitution teacher guide includes student handouts, biographical and thematic essays, and answer keys.

Each volume highlights 12 founders and comes with a corresponding poster set. Posters are 11″X17″ folded flat, and include the name of the Founder, the state they are from, and a memorable quote at the bottom.

Featured Founders in Volume 1: Charles Carroll of Carrollton Benjamin Franklin Elbridge Gerry Patrick Henry Thomas Jefferson Richard Henry Lee James Madison George Mason Robert Morris Charles Pinckney Roger Sherman John Witherspoon Featured Founders in Volume 2: John Adams Samuel Adams John Dickinson Alexander Hamilton John Hancock John Jay Gouverneur Morris James Otis Thomas Paine Benjamin Rush George Washington James Wilson

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Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words, Volume 1

Founders and the ConstitutionFounders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words, Vol. 1

Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words includes 12 lessons with each lesson dedicated to a specific Founder. Each lesson includes a biographical essay with critical thinking questions, a primary-source activity, and a list of resources for further reading.

Included with the teacher’s guide are 12 Founders posters. Posters are 11″X17″ folded flat, and include the name of the Founder as well as a memorable quote.

Featured Founders: Charles Carroll of Carrollton Benjamin Franklin Elbridge Gerry Patrick Henry Thomas Jefferson Richard Henry Lee James Madison George Mason Robert Morris Charles Pinckney Roger Sherman John Witherspoon Thematic Essays: Slavery, Freedom of Religion, Federalism, Commerce

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Founders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words, Volume 2

Founders and the ConstitutionFounders and the Constitution: In Their Own Words includes 12 lessons with each lesson dedicated to a specific Founder. Each lesson includes a biographical essay with critical thinking questions, a primary-source activity, and a list of resources for further reading.

Included with the teacher’s guide are 12 Founders posters. Posters are 11″X17″ folded flat, and include the name of the Founder as well as a memorable quote.

Featured Founders: John Adams Samuel Adams John Dickinson Alexander Hamilton John Hancock John Jay Gouverneur Morris James Otis Thomas Paine Benjamin Rush George Washington James Wilson Thematic Essays: Equality, Liberty, Limited Government, Republican Government

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Media and American Democracy

Media and American Democracy

Media and American Democracy

Media and American Democracy will help your students understand freedom of the press and the essential role and responsibility of the media in a free society.  Students will examine how the Internet and 24-hour cable news outlets deliver news and commentary to the public in real time from thousands of sources, making the protections of the First Amendment more complicated.

Your students will examine the following:

  • Historical foundations of the First Amendment
  • Limits to the First Amendment in the interest of national security
  • How media images influence our understanding of current events
  • The role of bloggers in mainstream media
  • Student journalists’ rights
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Presidents and the Constitution – Combined Set

Presidents and the Constitution – Combined Set

Divided into two volumes, Presidents and the Constitution explores how various presidents understood and exercised their constitutional powers. Both volumes explore the President’s role in federal power and as the Commander in Chief. Volume one looks at slavery and the Constitution, the President as Chief Diplomat, and electing the President. Volume two explores the President as Enforcer of the Law, impeachment, and the transfer of power.

 

Featured Presidents: James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, George Washington, Jimmy Carter, John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, George W. Bush, Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Andrew Jackson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton

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Presidents and the Constitution, Volume 1

Presidents and the Constitution, Vol. 1

Presidents and the Constitution, Vol. 1

Presidents and the Constitution explores how various Presidents understood and exercised their constitutional powers. Through interactive lessons, students will explore constitutional crises in American history and analyze the actions of Presidents in light of the Constitution.

Featured Presidents:

  • James Madison
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Ronald Reagan
  • John Adams
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • James Buchanan
  • Andrew Johnson
  • George Washington
  • Jimmy Carter
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • George W. Bush
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Presidents and the Constitution, Volume 2

Presidents and the Constitution, Vol. 2

Presidents and the Constitution, Vol. 2

Presidents and the Constitution explores how various Presidents understood and exercised their constitutional powers. Through interactive lessons, students will explore constitutional crises in American history and analyze the actions of Presidents in light of the Constitution.

Featured Presidents:

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • George W. Bush
  • Richard Nixon
  • George Washington
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Bill Clinton
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Property Rights in America: Yours, Mine, or Ours?

Property Rights in America: Yours, Mine, or Ours?

Property Rights in America: Yours, Mine, or Ours?

Property Rights in America: Yours, Mine, or Ours? gives you a full week of lesson plans to introduce your students to the foundations and on-going importance of property rights. Lessons feature economic philosophy, Founding documents, Supreme Court cases, intellectual property, and ways technologies like the Internet raise questions about property rights.

Primary sources and Supreme Court cases your students will analyze:

  • Magna Carta
  • Second Treatise of Civil Government, by John Locke
  • The Rights of the Colonists, by Samuel Adams
  • Property, by James Madison
  • United States v. Causby (1946)
  • Nollan v. California Coastal Commision (1987)
  • Kelo v. New London (2005)
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Religious Liberty: The American Experiment

Religious Liberty: The American Experiment

All lessons feature background essays, primary source analysis, and many engaging activities, prepared by a team of historians and First Amendment experts.  The five-lesson curriculum is tied to national civics, history, and social studies standards.  Your students will:

  • Explore the impact of extraordinary religious diversity in the colonies
  • Understand how the Constitution and the First Amendment protects religious liberty
  • Analyze George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Evaluate controversies on First Amendment principles
  • Complete document-based-questions on Supreme Court cases involving religious liberty
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Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History

Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History

Supreme Court DBQs: Exploring the Cases that Changed History introduces your students to 20 landmark Supreme Court cases and helps them develop the critical thinking skills they need to evaluate the Court’s rulings and the impact of these rulings on American society. Students will analyze primary sources spanning five centuries–colonial codes of law, the Federalist Papers, the Constitution, contemporary photographs, case law, oral arguments, the Court’s majority and dissenting opinions, and others. Key tasks for each document based question (DBQ) will lead them towards an understanding of the role played by the Court and an assessment of its decisions. Each DBQ also contains a section called “The Issue Endures,” which highlights current applications of the case issue.

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The Bill of Rights and You: Rights and Responsibilities

The Bill of Rights and You: Rights and Responsibilities

The Bill of Rights and You: Rights and Responsibilities

The Bill of Rights and You: Rights and Responsibilities is designed to give students a deeper understanding of their constitutionally-protected rights, as well as demonstrate how responsibility goes hand in hand with liberty. Each lesson in this 10-unit teacher’s guide is tied to national civics, history, and social studies standards.  All 21 lessons contain content-rich background essays and apply research-based teaching strategies to help your students see the relevance of the Bill of Rights to their own lives.

Included:

  • Background essays written at 10.5 and 12.0 reading levels
  • Interactive lesson plans full of hands-on activities
  • Three-disc DVD set reinforces content
  • “Responsibilities Toolboxes” demonstrate the responsibilities that accompany individual rights
  • Complete answer key, optional reading quizzes, and DVD viewing guides
  • List of landmark Supreme Court cases
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The Bill of Rights for Real Life

 

The Bill of Rights for Real Life

The Bill of Rights for Real Life teaching guide includes 21 ready-to-go lessons complete with student handouts, key terms, reading quizzes, background essays, and an accompanying DVD set. Each lesson is tied to national history and civics standards and features reading tips to improve literacy, as well as a “Real Life Portal” to demonstrate the lesson’s application to everyday life. The 8.5 reading level makes these connections accessible to your high school and gifted 8th grade students.

Students will understand the connection between current events and the Bill of Rights when they participate in activities such as:

  • writing letters to their elected representatives;
  • serving in a mock jury;
  • creating public service announcements; and
  • writing model laws.
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The Founding Documents: A Three-Act Drama

 

The Founding Documents: A Three-Act Drama

This activity booklet introduces young learners to the stories, people, and ideas behind the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights through full-color original illustrations, playful thematic imagery, engaging readings, activities, and appropriate primary sources. Students will rewrite key passages from these documents in their own words, complete word-finds and puzzles, play through a scavenger-hunt, and even create their own “stamps” representing rights to trade with friends. An accompanying online Teacher’s Guide with vocabulary support, key terms, reading quizzes, easily reproducible activities, and a final assessment, make using it in your classroom a cinch! Order your classroom set today!

Note: For quantities of 5 or more, a discounted price of $13.00 per book will  automatically be applied.
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