The Bill of Rights

In this lesson, students will be introduced to the Bill of Rights. Students will be asked to illustrate those rights in order to demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which our Constitution protects the citizens of the United States. Students will also be able to determine how the Constitution affects the daily life of Americans.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Foundations of Democracy
  • Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Amending the Constitution: Why Change?

The U.S. Constitution, though it serves as the firm foundation for our system of government, incorporates a process for change and flexibility. This lesson allows students to investigate, analyze and simulate the amendment process that allows the Constitution to remain an evolving document as envisioned by the Framers.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Foundations of Democracy
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Redistricting: The Case of the Curious Gerrymander Part I and II

Do voters pick their elected officials or do the elected officials select their voters? This lesson introduces the concept of redistricting as vaguely defined by the Constitution and asks participants to assess the effectiveness of that definition in light of current Supreme Court cases and evidence from past elections. Students will interpret maps, look at voting data, and experiment with various redistricting optio

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Voting, Elections, Politics
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

EEOC v. Abercrombie (2015)

Can an employer be held liable under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for refusing to hire an applicant based on a religious observance or practice if the employer did not have direct knowledge that a religious accommodation was required?

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Modules (Teaching Unit), Research (Digests of Primary Sources)
  • Subject: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Talking Turkey: Social Justice and Civil Disobedience

Individuals participate in civil disobedience to nonviolently show their disapproval of policies, customs, and ideas, and for the purpose of achieving social justice. This tradition of standing up to injustice has been practiced throughout American history.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Voting, Elections, Politics
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Political Ideology in America: Bumper Sticker Politics

Americans love to personalize their vehicles in a way you will not see in many other countries. This lesson explores political ideology by analyzing data on automobile purchases and bumper stickers. Students will learn generalizations about conservatives, liberals, democrats, republicans, libertarians, socialists and appreciate the American custom of advertising political thought in public.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Voting, Elections, Politics
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12