Learn Liberty is website run by the Institute for Humane Studies and designed to assist educators in addressing key issues in economics, philosophy, and other disciplines. In the Classroom Resources section of the Learn Liberty website, teachers can find curriculum guides, and videos. Learn Liberty is great for supplemental material, to start a discussion and to structure outside-of class assignments.
The Bill of Rights Institute offers Constitutional Workshops for teachers. These workshops take place all across the United States and include a copy of their teacher-written curriculum, a certificate for 6 hours of professional development and bi-monthly emailed lesson plans. There are dates available this fall. Register today for a location close to you.
Why is it important to understand the Declaration of Independence? What does the Declaration say, and why and how does it say it? What does the Declaration not say, and why and how does it not say it? Explore the answer to these and other questions asked and answered in this lecture delivered by Professor Christopher Flannery from June of 2002. Happy 4th!
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.
No document is more central to securing “the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” than the United States Constitution, and no website is more thorough than ConstitutionOnline.com.
The Heritage Foundation has launched a new site, “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution,” a searchable reference tool revolving around the Constitution. “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution is intended to provide a brief and accurate explanation of each clause of the Constitution as envisioned by the Framers and as applied in contemporary law.” This new resource can compliment a lesson on the Constitution and is a great way to incorporate technology into your lesson. Check-out the Teacher Companion section of the site to see how this resource can be used in your classroom.
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.
Gilder Lehrman launched their new “Home for History” website this month. The site features History by Era, Programs and Exhibitions, Primary Sources, History Now, Community, and Multimedia. This site is a great go-to resources for teachers, students and scholars.
The History by Era section of the site can act as a great visual aid for students as they study the American Revolution, the Civil War and many more. Each era is equipped with a chronological timeline of important dates to the era. Sub eras provide teachers with essays, related primary sources, teacher resources and multimedia. Check-out Home for History and introduce this great new resource into your classroom.
The Library of Congress publishes a quarterly Journal entitled, The Teaching with Primary Source (TPS) Journal. This journal “focuses on pedagogical approaches to teaching with Library of Congress digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms.” Their recent November issue, The Civil War Across Disciplines, “explores how teachers can use primary sources to teach about the Civil War.” Click the link below to explore previous issues of The TPS Journal.
The Ashbrook Center offers a great resource to teachers through our TeachingAmericanHistory.org website. “Learn more about American history by going back to the original source documents, from the founding through the 20th century and beyond.” The site offers a wide variety of resources, like primary sources documents from many eras, audio lectures from professors across the country, web-based lesson plans, and special exhibits on the American Founding. Follow the link below to check out this great site.
An intensive study of the Constitutional Convention, the struggle over ratification of the Constitution, and the creation of the Bill of Rights, this course includes a close examination of The Federalist and the anti-federalist papers. It will be offered twice this summer, both times in Philadelphia. Taught by Ashland University Professor Christopher Burkett and Guest Lecturer Gordon Lloyd (Pepperdine University), a leading scholar of the Founding era. Lloyd, who designed our interactive web exhibits on the Constitutional Convention and the, Ratification of the Constitution offers an enthusiast’s encyclopedic knowledge of Founding era.
Colonial Williamsburg has a new website for teachers, Teacher Community. The site offers lesson plans, discussion, primary source material and teacher development. Create a free account and take your students on an Electronic Field trip, or join in the discussion about high school civics programs.
The National Archives is a great resource for teachers and your students. Their Docs Teach website is dedicated specifically to teachers to help “bring history to life for your students.” The site offers “ready-to-use tools for teaching in the classroom”and “thousands of primary sources selected from the National Archives.” Each lesson or online activity includes triangles that “graphically indicate correlation with Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy(Anderson and Krathwohl, 2001), adapted from Bloom’s Taxonomy (Bloom et al., 1956).” Take a minute to check out this site offered through the National Archives and encourage the learning of various topics through primary sources.
On April 11, 2012 the National Archives announced the release of the DocsTeach App for iPad. “Using the app, you can choose a topic, such as ‘Civics & Government’ or ‘Postwar U.S. 1945 – early 1970s,’ and challenge yourself with a DocsTeach activity to interact with stories, events, and ideas of the past. All activities are based on primary source documents from the holdings of the National Archives, such as the U.S. Constitution, the canceled check for the purchase of Alaska, and Thomas Edison’s patent drawing for the light bulb. The activities were created by the National Archives education team and an army of DocsTeach users.”
All of these online interactive activities are a great supplement to topics being taught in the classroom. With the new iPad app school’s can have, at their fingertips, all these activities as well as all of the Primary sources available through the National Archives.