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Current Events and the Constitution
There are many opportunities to analyze and discuss current events in light of our Founding documents. Current Events and the Constitution provides a framework for discussing current events in context with history. Each month, students will analyze how the Constitution applies to a specific issue and can be adapted to discuss events on the local, state, or national level. View past lessons.
Voting Rights in America
The history of the amendments to the Constitution is, in one sense, a history of the expansion of certain political freedoms, including voting. At the Founding of the United States, many groups, including landless white men, slaves, free blacks, and women, could not vote. Much has changed since then. Learn about the evolution and expansion of the franchise in this weeks lesson!
Bill of Rights in the News
The Bill of Rights in the News Constitution Courier focuses on issues making headlines that directly relate to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. With current online news articles, discussion questions, and related links and resources, Bill of Rights in the News is a valuable teaching asset for government, history, or civics teachers. View past lessons.
Protecting Free Speech in College
The American commitment to free speech has long been celebrated, and our First Amendment is rightly considered to be one of, if not the, most important amendments in the Bill of Rights. However the right to free speech is not unlimited, and exceptions have been carved out. One interesting example of these exceptions is that certain college campuses restrict specific types of speech. It’s important that you and your students learn how the First Amendment applies on college campuses in this weeks eLesson. View and download the complete lesson here.