ERIC Number: ED339644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
We the People: A Secondary Level Student Text.
Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
This curriculum introduces secondary students to the study of constitutional government in the United States. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of how the Constitution came into existence, why it took the form it did, and how it has functioned for the past 200 years. Through the 31 lessons of the text, organized into six units, students examine the philosophical and historical forces that influenced the Founding Fathers; the writing, adoption and ratification of the Constitution; and a number of constitutional issues that have been important in the years since the Founding including judicial review, federalism, due process, equal protection, and the freedoms of speech and religion. The text is based on a conceptually oriented approach that blends expository and inquiry methods, both of which call for active participation by students throughout. The approach stresses the development of analytic and evaluative skills, which will enable students to apply basic substantive knowledge to a wide variety of political questions and controversies. Numerous skill building exercises follow the 6 units: (1) political philosophy; (2) history and experience; (3) the Constitution; (4) establishment of the government; (5) fundamental rights; and (6) responsibilities of the citizen. The reference section contains the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, a glossary of major terms and concepts, biographical motes, a list of important dates, and an index of Supreme Court cases. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Learning Activities, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History
Center for Civic Education, 5146 Douglas Fir Road, Calabassas, CA 91302 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Note: For corresponding teacher's guide, see SO 021 447, for equivalent middle school and secondary curricula, see SO 021 442-445.