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Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Constitution
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This lesson traces Lincoln’s political life during a time of constitutional crisis. It examines Lincoln’s ideas and decisions regarding slavery and the use of presidential power to preserve the Federal Union during the Civil War. When students have completed this lesson, they should be able to analyze and evaluate President Lincoln’s decisions in response to the critical constitutional issues of his time.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
06/28/2017
Barter and Money
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Students will gain an understanding of the role money plays in the US economy. The lesson begins with a simulation of a barter economy and discussion of the need for money. The students will then learn about the characteristics, functions, and types of money through discussion and reading an informative comic book about money.

Subject:
Social Studies
Civics and Economics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Author:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
02/26/2019
Citizenship and the U.S. Constitution
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In this lesson students examine the concept of “citizen” from a definitional perspective of what a citizen is and from the perspective of how citizenship is conferred in the United States. Students discuss the rights and responsibilities of citizens and non-citizens and review the changing history of citizenship from colonial times to the present.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
06/27/2017
Comparing Constitutions and Promoting Human Rights
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This lesson provides a comparative review of the United States Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the constitutions of Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal; historical context; connections with current events; and the opportunity to take and defend a position on which right or rights are most important.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
06/19/2017
Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt with 60-Second Civics
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In this lesson students will familiarize themselves with the delegates that were present at the Constitutional Convention by listening to a series of 60-Second Civics podcast episodes devoted to the Framers of the Constitution.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
06/26/2017
Constitution Day - What is the Federal System Created by the Constitution?
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In this lesson, students learn how the Constitution established a new way to organize government called the federal system. Students will describe how federalism differs from other forms of government and identify strengths and weaknesses of a federal system.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
06/28/2017
Democracy, Constitutions, and Human Rights
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In this lesson, students will work in groups to compare and contrast the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the Constitutions of the United States, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Republic of Colombia, and Republic of Ireland in order to emphasize how constitutions support democratic principles and human rights.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
06/19/2017
Foundations of Democracy, High School: How Should We Choose People for Positions of Authority?
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In this lesson, students learn to identify the requirements of a position of authority and the qualifications a person should possess to fill that position. Students learn a set of intellectual tools designed to help them both analyze the duties of a position and to decide if an individual is qualified to serve in that particular position. Students apply the intellectual tools to a job description fro president of the Untied States and create a list of some of the characteristics a person should have to fill the position and perform well in that office.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
07/14/2017
How Can Citizens Participate?
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Students will learn about one of the most important rights of citizenship. This is the right to participate in governing our nation. Students will discuss different ways they can participate. The lesson will also suggest things students should think about in deciding whether or not they should participate.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Author:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
02/26/2019
How Was the Constitution Used to Organize the New Government?
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This lesson explains the steps taken by the First Congress to name a president and vice president, to provide funding for the new government, to draft a bill of rights, and to organize the executive and judicial branches.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
06/28/2017