Exploring Constitutional Law is a great resource for American Government Teachers and students. This site provides research links to better understand the operation of the Supreme Court, SCOTUS decisions, the Bill of Rights, and a tremendous amount of other material. For starters, see who you match up with by playing “Who Wants To Marry A Founding Father?”
This week’s suggested plan was created by Professor Chris Burkett and teacher Patricia Dillon and is entitled, “The Federalist and Anti-federalist Debates on Diversity and the Extended Republic.” Lesson one focuses on the Anti-Federalist argument while lesson two deals with Federalist arguments of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison and the extension of the republic (Federalist #s 9, 10 and 51). The printable PDF files that accompany each lesson challenge students to study primary that frame each debate. An incredible unit that will bring this period to life for your students.
Revolutionary War Animated is an extension of the interactive battle site History Animated. If your students are having trouble envisioning the dynamics of Bunker Hill, Brandywine, or Yorktown you might find it a helpful resource or extension. Be sure to allow for sound as the site has embedded battlesounds to heighten the experience.
Any study of or research project into WWII should include a stop at the Winston Churchill Centre and Museum. This incredible online resource for all things Churchill offers access to audio files of Churchill’s speeches, reviews of books on WWII and Churchill, updates on traveling exhibits, and materials for teachers. Remember to sign up for the Chartwell Bulletin and recieve monthly e-mail updates on Centre news.
Many teachers are starting much deserved summer vacations. Even though the 2012-2013 school year is a couple months away, the time off can provide opportunities to look at new ideas. Did you know that there are many incredible lessons available on this site? Over the course of the summer the “We the Teachers” blog will try to highlight some of them on a weekly basis.
The first is an awesome plan entitled “The War for American Independence” created by Professor John Moser and West Branch HS (Pa.) teacher Lori Hahn. It can be found here.
This interactive map that was organized by Professor Gordon Lloyd is a great resource for all teachers that visit the “Old City” district of Philadelphia. Many also use it to “virtually” transport their students when studying the amazing content found on the Constitutional Convention site. Please share how these great resources have found application in your classroom.