Making Decisions by Group: The Jury System
Through this ABOTA Foundation resource, students will learn about the nation’s jury system and its importance to the rule of law in the United States. Students will experience the Sixth and Seventh Amendments at work as they engage in the main lesson activities, including one in which they will serve as jurors.
Thomas Jefferson and Slavery
Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote the famous line “all men are created equal,” was a life-long slave-owner. Over the course of his life, he would own 600 human beings, and at any given time there would be roughly 100 slaves living and working on and around Jefferson’s plantation and farms. This handout from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, which describes Jefferson’s views on slavery. is written at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Facts of Congress
The Indiana University Center on Representative Government, formerly the Center on Congress, offers Facts of Congress, a series of twenty fast-paced, one-minute animated videos that cover the basic concepts and terms of representative government. The series, which includes this video on compromise, addresses questions such as: What is Congress? How does Congress work? What does Congress do for me? How can I participate?