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Early Rebellions

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The causes of Shay's Rebellion, the Whisky Rebellion, and Fries's Rebellion are briefly outlined in an information packet that focuses on the responses to the early attempts to collect state and federal taxes.
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The Constitutional Convention

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The compromises reached during the first Constitutional Convention, including the adoption of the Bill of Rights and the formation of bicameral representation, are the focus of a brief informational packet that also includes activities...
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Federalists & Anti-Federalists

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The differences between early federalists and anti-federalists are highlighted in a brief informational packet that also includes activities and writing prompts.
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James Madison

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
James Madison, and his role in writing the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, are the focus of an informational packet that includes activities and writing prompts.
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Thomas Jefferson

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Thomas Jefferson's contributions to the US form of government, including his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and the concept of a two-party system of government, are highlighted in this informative packet.
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George Washington

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The precedents established by the first American president, George Washington, including the State of the Union address and the formation of a cabinet of advisors, are the focus of this informational packet.
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George Mason

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The "forgotten founding father," George Mason is the subject of this brief overview of his ideas and contributions to the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution.
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Benjamin Franklin

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Rather than focusing on Franklin's experiments, this resource presents some of the political contributions of the man called, "The First American."
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Founding Mothers

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The role women played in forming the principles on which the US government is founded is the subject of this resource.
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Rousseau's ideas about natural and general rule, representative and direct democracy, and the role of government are the focus of this informational packet that also looks at how these ideas influenced the American form of government.
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Baron de Montesquieu

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Montesquieu's ideas of a separation of governmental powers, the idea of checks and balances on government, and the influence these ideas had on James Madison, are the focus of a brief information sheet and activities packet.
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John Locke

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Philosopher John Locke's ideas about tabula rasa, natural rights, the social contract, and how these ideas influenced Thomas Jefferson are the focus of an information packet that also includes worksheets, games, and a writing prompt.
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The Enlightenment

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The third in a series of 16 resources that examine the philosophers and philosophic ideas that are the underpinnings of the US system of government, focuses on the Enlightenment and the ideas of natural rights, the social contract, the...
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Niccoló Machiavelli

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Do the ends justify the means? According to Niccolo Machiavelli they do. Is it more important for leaders to be moral or powerful? Machiavelli argued that power was the most important. Learn more about this 15th century Italian...
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Crowding Out

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
This is an incredible resource for teaching your young economists about the loanable funds market and the concept of crowding out. It includes a hands-on, physical activity that serves as a metaphor to help explain the economic practice.
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Classroom Prayers for Lent

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
This well-designed resource not only includes classroom prayers organized according to the six weeks of Lent, but also provides suggested symbolic actions, references to Biblical text, and notes on how to prepare as group for each period...