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The Constitution
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A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the United States Constitution. This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
Primary Source Set
Date Added:
09/21/2005
The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation?
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Students use Library of Congress primary sources to examine the forces that shaped the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and the Constitution.

Subject:
History
History, Law, Politics
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
Lesson Plans
Date Added:
07/11/2003
Constitutional Convention
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Understanding the constitutional convention is key to better understanding how our government works today. In this lesson student read and watch about the convention. Then, pretend they are a delegate from one of the original states at the convention. Students research about their state and decide what plan would best help their state and how they should vote. Teachers are encourages to hold their own class constitutional convention. 

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jennifer Klein
Date Added:
05/01/2019
The Constitutional Convention of 1787
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The delegates at the 1787 Convention faced a challenge as arduous as those who worked throughout the 1780s to initiate reforms to the American political system. In this unit, students will examine the roles that key American founders played in creating the Constitution, and the challenges they faced in the process.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Date Added:
09/06/2019
The Constitution and Government of Washington State
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An integrated language arts and social studies unit designed to develop student’s literacy skills while giving them an understanding of the general purpose of government, the structure and processes of Washington’s state government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The unit culminates with an optional mock legislature simulation that has students write and argue for a bill.

Subject:
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Date Added:
12/05/2017
Conversations with History: Science and Progress in International Relations, with Ernst Haas
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UC Berkeley Professor of Government, Ernst B. Haas, discusses his life, his work and his most recent book, "Nationalism, Liberalism, and Progress, When Knowledge is Power" with Harry Kreisler. (52 min)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
UCTV Teacher's Pet
Date Added:
02/26/2006
“Covert Ops” Scandals and Conspiracies in American Government
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The Drake Equation relates to many important lessons for students. While the math/science implications are obvious, there are philosophical implications that are also important for students. This Socratic Seminar offers points of departure for critical thinking, debates, writing assignments, and further class discussion. (These points can also be used as lecture notes.)

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Date Added:
12/21/2012
Creating Peaceful Change
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While studying the Articles of Confederation government and the Constitutional Convention in this problem-based learning module, the students will determine the benefits of peacefully changing an inept government.  They will deduce the crucial steps needed for peaceful change to happen within a society.  An area of research will be chosen to help solve a problem critical to the students’ middle school lives.  Feedback will be gathered through a video interview or a Google Form survey of crucial stakeholders.  Students will research the alternatives to improve upon their selected problem.  Students will present their findings to a decision maker and wait to receive feedback.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
11/22/2017
Creating a Caring School: Toolkit Unit 1 - How responsive are schools to the socio-economic challenges in South Africa today?
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The purpose of this toolkit is to understand what threatens the quality of education in your school so that you can take informed action to remedy the situation.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
Author:
Christina Randell
Gisela Winkler
Liora Hellmann
Maryla Bialobrzeska
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Creating a Caring School: Toolkit Unit 3 - Care for vulnerable learners
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There are different ways of combating discrimination and creating a safe and nonthreatening environment at school. An important contribution can be made by implementing an Anti-Bullying Policy.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
Author:
Christina Randell
Gisela Winkler
Liora Hellmann
Maryla Bialobrzeska
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Creating a Caring School: Toolkit Unit 5 - Good nutrition for learning
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The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a helpful, detailed checklist for SMTs to plan and manage their school nutrition programme.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Nutrition
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
Author:
Christina Randell
Gisela Winkler
Liora Hellmann
Maryla Bialobrzeska
Date Added:
02/27/2012
Creating a Caring School: Toolkit Unit 6 - School-based aftercare
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The purpose of this toolkit is to use a brainstorming technique to come up with creative ideas respond to the challenge of providing aftercare support for vulnerable learners. To use the ideas from the brainstorming session to inform the development of a draft set of ideas for an aftercare strategy.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
Author:
Christina Randell
Gisela Winkler
Liora Hellmann
Maryla Bialobrzeska
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Creating a Caring School: Toolkit Unit 7 - Counselling support for vulnerable learners
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The purpose of this toolkit is to conduct a situational analysis or assessment that will help you to understand the size of the challenge and the current capacity of your school to set up a counselling service. To assist you to decide on the most suitable options for implementing counselling support in your school context.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
Author:
Christina Randell
Gisela Winkler
Liora Hellmann
Maryla Bialobrzeska
Date Added:
01/01/2009
Creating a Caring School: Toolkit Unit 8 - Developing a school-based care and support plan
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The purpose of this toolkit is to conduct a situational analysis or assessment that will help you to understand the size of the challenge and the current capacity of your school to set up a counselling service. To assist you to decide on the most suitable options for implementing counselling support in your school context.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
OER Africa
Author:
Christina Randell
Gisela Winkler
Liora Hellmann
Maryla Bialobrzeska
Date Added:
01/01/2009
The Declaration of Independence: "An Expression of the American Mind"
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This lesson plan looks at the major ideas in the Declaration of Independence, their origins, the Americans' key grievances against the King and Parliament, their assertion of sovereignty, and the Declaration's process of revision.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Endowment for the Humanities
Provider Set:
EDSITEment!
Date Added:
09/06/2019
Democracy Minutes
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Democracy Minutes are a growing series of short videos that explain topics and constructs important to civil discourse and a healthy democracy. This video series is created by the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, which elevates the role of research and evidence-based reasoning into the national conversation. Drawing on original content anchored on facts and evidence, the Project seeks to make a meaningful contribution to bridging America’s deepest differences.

Subject:
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
06/08/2022
Diagram of the Federal Government and American Union -- LCPS
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This is a color lithograph printed in 1861 showing the federal structure of government. The primary source has been divided into small pieces and used in a Prezi presentation. The purpose is to allow students to focus on small details of the primary source to draw conclusions that are guided by thinking questions included in the presentation. As a conclusion, students should be able to understand the overall concept illustrated by the diagram, which is the federal structure of government.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Subject:
History
Political Science
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Jessica Kilday
Date Added:
06/01/2017
Does International Trade Create Winners and Losers?
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Is international trade good for Americans? The November 2017 issue of Page One Economics provides the ins and outs of trade, including some history, the costs and benefits, and policy choices.

Subject:
Economics
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Reading
Provider:
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Provider Set:
Page One Economics
Author:
Scott A. Wolla
Date Added:
09/11/2019
Drought and Deschutes Town Hall Simulation
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SYNOPSIS: In this lesson, students practice civic engagement by researching and writing a proposal for climate resiliency and scarce water allocation in the Deschutes River Watershed and presenting it in a mock Town Hall meeting.

SCIENTIST NOTES: The lesson allows students to propose ways to solve water scarcity in their local communities and engage with key stakeholders and policymakers to design policies that will enable local communities in Oregon to manage their water resources while building their resilience to climate change. The lesson and all the accompanying materials were reviewed and are suitable for teaching.

POSITIVES:
-Students engage in a mock Town Hall and learn how to build community while voicing community concerns.
-Students practice listening skills and engage in discourse over an important issue.
-Students learn to collaborate with different stakeholders and diverse voices, working together to find a solution that best fits a community.
-Students practice using local research to support their ideas.
-Students learn to write and present a proposal.
-The lesson can be spread out over two to four days, with a full day for research, a full day for the Town Hall, a day for voting or decision-making, and a day for letter writing and sharing in the class.

ADDITIONAL PREREQUISITES:
-Students should have an understanding of media literacy and best research practices.
-Students should have a basic understanding of rhetorical structure and devices for persuasion in oral delivery techniques.
-Teachers should review the general overview and agenda in the Town Hall Guide and make adjustments as needed.
-You will need to make a copy of the Student Slideshow for each group of students and grant them editing rights before the lesson. Students will be writing in the Student Slideshow.

DIFFERENTIATION:
-Students with little experience in persuasive speaking could use some instruction on rhetorical methods and devices using these resources:
-41 Rhetorical Devices That Will Make Your Words Memorable
-How to Use Rhetoric to Get What You Want
-PBS Literary Elements & Techniques: Imagery and Figurative Language.
-Students could develop their research into a Community Action Project proposing policy to actual stakeholders.
-Students could connect with local stream restoration projects or organizations as a hands-on learning experience.
-Students could lead a school community education campaign to spread awareness of water-saving techniques.

Subject:
Political Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
SubjectToClimate
Author:
Amy Sabbadini
Classroom Law Project
Date Added:
07/06/2023
Dust Bowl Migration
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A selection of Library of Congress primary sources exploring the The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945). This set also includes a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
Primary Source Set
Date Added:
04/25/2006