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Thomas Jefferson - Author of The Declaration of Indepence & 3rd U.S. President | Mini Bio | BIO Video
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This I Can Do!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Personal interest, strengths, talents, and abilities can be used to make a difference. Young learners consider how they can share their talents with others through volunteering, what they can do to take care of the natural environment,...
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Standing Up for Democracy

For Students 6th - 12th
The mission of the Standing Up for Democracy unit is to bring about “a more humane, just, and compassionate society rooted in democratic values.” These 16 lessons, built on a foundation of mutual respect, tolerance, and participation,...
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Public Service Announcement: Civic Responsibility

For Teachers 5th
Get your message across. Scholars use their prior knowledge and artistic skills to create public service announcements. The project is designed to explain the importance of civic harmony and the responsibility of all citizens to...
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Persuasive Essay: Should Cities Have Natural or Green Spaces within ½ Mile of Every Resident?

For Teachers 7th
Introduce public policy and persuasive writing with a well-designed activity for junior high learners. The writers develop a stance on whether cities should have natural or green places within a half a mile of all residents. Included are...
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The Establishment Clause and Lee v. Weisman

For Teachers 8th - 10th Standards
Prayer as a part of a public school graduation? The 1992 Supreme Court decision in the case of Lee v. Weisman is the focus of a series of activities that has class members investigate other rulings related to the Establishment Clause in...
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Minorities in a Democracy

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students consider diversity in democracies. In this democratic values lesson plan, students read an article titled, "Minorities in a Democracy." Students respond to discussion questions about the article.
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School Segregation

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Young historians explore monumental events in the history of school segregation in the United States, such as Brown v. Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine. They conclude with an experiential activity by delivering an argument in...
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Grade 12 ELA Module 2

For Teachers 12th Standards
The second module in a series for high school seniors focuses on tracking the central idea of a text across genres, and from multiple author and character perspectives. Twelfth graders read a speech by Benazir Bhutto entitled "Ideas Live...
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Why Volunteer?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Inspire scholars to volunteer their time to make a positive change in their community. With help from research, a public speaker, and reflection, learners define and asses what it takes to be a volunteer in a business, non-profit,...
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Public Officials, DUI And Role Models

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research on Internet and in any available law books to find drunk driving laws in their state, including ramifications of refusing breathalyzer or other tests, identify rights of someone arrested and charged with DUI-related...
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Does My Hair Disrupt Your Learning

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research the laws and policies for school dress codes in their school and others in their state or area and explore what others say about these policies. After research is complete, students divide into two teams to develop...
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Creating a Democratic Classroom

For Teachers 7th
Learners read and interpret the Preamble, write a personal response, and generate a set of classroom rules for both students and teacher for the year. After discussion and debate, actual class rules are adopted for the year.
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Slip-Sliding Away... On the Way to School

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research snow removal in their community. They survey students to find out if they are having problems with the walks on their way to school and how bad the problem is. Next, they organize the findings to present in class....
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Desegregating the Kentucky Public School System

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students watch a video which chronicles the struggle to desegregate Kentucky's schools. They write a paper on a given aspect of what they saw in the video.
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Ethics in American Government

For Teachers 12th
Engage 12th graders in a series of activities focused on public trust and ethics in US Government. They view a series of videos, hold a class debate, and compose a short essay. Note: Suggested videos are listed but are not available...
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Election Report

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
If it is an election year and you're teaching American government, then you'll definitely want to take a look at this project. Class members will research a chosen candidate and create a profile for him/her, then collect and analyze...
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Debates In The Middle School Classroom

For Teachers 7th - 8th
All middle schoolers are experienced in some form of debate. Using their natural talent of arguing and challenging authority, we can channel student energy into a positive learning assignment. Debates offer that natural avenue for...
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Democratic Village Elections in China: Comparing Governments of China and the United States

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore democratic practices in China. In this global studies lesson, students compare and contrast democratic values of the Chinese government with the American government. Students read provided articles and conduct their own...
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Educating Non-Citizens

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars distinguish between the privileges of being a U.S. Citizen and privileges that are forfeited if not a U.S. Citizen.  For this history lesson plan, students analyze the rights of people in a democratic society through...
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Parental Liability

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How many teenagers have wanted their parents to let them make their own decisions?  The answer is ... all of them! Scholars investigate where parental liability begins and ends in the eyes of the law. Using case studies and legal...
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Free and Independent Press

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students determine how free press principles can be compromised. For this global studies lesson, students read an article titled "Free and Independent Press." Students respond to discussion questions regarding the article.
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Changes In A Democratic Society, Lesson 2 Of 3

For Teachers 8th
A three-tiered activity guides eighth graders through an engaging social studies activity. After completing the pre-activity, that prompts learners to participate in a seminar on Richard Westall's painting The Sword of Damocles,...
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Studying the Life of Henry Bibb

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
After reading primary and secondary source materials about the life of Henry Bibb, individuals identify a core democratic value Bibb demonstrated and give examples drawn from their readings.
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African Americans and the Democratic Party

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students identify factors that caused African Americans to shift party loyalty from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. They review ways in which African Americans benefited from New Deal programs. Students analyze primary...