The 19th Amendment: A Woman’s Right to Vote

Annenberg Classroom presents a film on women’s long, difficult struggle for the right to vote and for equality in the lead-up to the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment in August this year. The film uses primary sources and includes commentary from historians, legal scholars and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy.

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Document Collection: The American Presidency

This collection of documents on the presidency from begins with Alexander Hamilton’s commentary on the sections of the Constitution related to the executive branch and ends with President Barack Obama’s address to the nation defending his interpretation of executive authority under the Constitution to use force against the Syrian regime. The documents cover the executive’s role and the specific topics of presidential selection, term limits, and impeachment.

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Should Judges Judge Laws?

This simulation from ConSource places students at the Constitutional Convention and asks them to engage with a problematic question: Who should have the final say in deciding whether a law or executive action is constitutional? Students will explore this in theoretical, practical, and political contexts. If one branch has the final say, does that negate the separation of powers? But if no branch has the final say, how are inter-branch disputes to be settled? If unelected justices of the Supreme Court can nullify legislative and executive measures, does that fly in the face of popular sovereignty? On the other hand, if constitutional interpretation is left to “the people,” how might that work, and might that lead to political turmoil?

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  • For a roundup of information about summer teacher institutes from Civics Renewal Network organizations, go here.
    • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: 6-day and 3-day seminars, plus a new summit at Gettysburg College.
    • ibrary of Congress: Weeklong institutes for K-12 teachers.
    • Street Law: An immersive six days in D.C. learning about the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Bill of Rights Institute: We the Students Essay Contest prompt is “What does civil discourse mean to you?” Learn more.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: A new contest, 50 States, 1 Nation, for fourth and fifth graders. Learn more.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: Nominate a teacher for the National History Teacher of the Year award. Learn more.
  • Library of Congress: Seeking an economics or journalism teacher for its Teacher-in-Residence. Learn more.
  • National Constitution Center: Sign up for its online student dialogues, Classroom Exchanges. Learn more.
  • Share My Lesson: Registration is open for the March 24-26 Virtual Conference. Learn more.