ERIC Number: ED339642
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
We the People: Student Text, Level II.
Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
This curriculum, intended to be used in the middle school grades, introduces students to the study of constitutional government in the United States. It is designed to help students understand the most important ideas of the constitutional system and how they were developed and to provide students with a knowledge of how the Constitution came into existence, why it took the form it did, and how it has functioned for the past 200 years. By gaining such an understanding, students will prepare themselves for the responsibility of citizenship. The curriculum employs a conceptually oriented approach that stresses the development of analytic and evaluative skills. It is intended that students will learn how to apply their understanding and knowledge to a wide variety of political questions and issues. The skills they develop will help them to relate their everyday experiences to basic issues of constitutional government and civic responsibility. The curriculum is organized into six units: (1) What is government? (2) What experiences shaped the Founders' thinking about government? (3) What happened at the Philadelphia Convention? (4) How was the Constitution used to establish our government? (5) How does the Constitution protect our basic rights? and (6) What are the responsibilities of citizens? The six units contain a total of 29 lessons. A reference section also is included containing copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, brief biographies of important Framers, and a glossary. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Law Related Education, Middle Schools, Skill Development, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States Government (Course), United States History
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, CA 91302 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.; Milken Family Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA.
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Identifiers: Founding Fathers of the United States; United States Constitution
Note: For corresponding teacher's guide, see SO 21 445; for equivalent elementary and secondary curriculum, see SO 021 442-443, SO 021 446-447.