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Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA. – 2002
This lesson plan provides background on six significant historical documents: (1) "Meeting at Runnymede--The Story of King John and the Magna Carta"; (2) "The Mayflower Compact"; (3) "The Declaration of Independence and Natural Rights"; (4) "The Federalist Papers"; (5) "Aristotle: In Search of the Best…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Historical Interpretation, Law Related Education, Secondary Education
Patrick, John J. – 2002
Great ideas about law, government, and the rights of individuals, embedded in U.S. founding documents, are the connective cords by which national unity and civic identity have been maintained in the United States from the 1770s until today. To be a citizen is to understand and have a reasonable commitment to the ideas in the founding documents.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Core Curriculum, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
Osborn, Elizabeth – 2002
In the Rene v. Reed case, Meghan Rene and other disabled students argued that their due process rights were violated in regard to the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) graduation examination. This set of four lesson plans uses the case of Rene v. Reed, which was first argued before the Indiana Supreme Court, to study the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Civil Law, Court Litigation, Due Process
Farkas, Steve; Johnson, Jean; Duffett, Ann – 2002
A study conducted by Public Agenda Foundation, in partnership with the National Constitution Center, examined what typical adults know and believe about the U.S. Constitution, probed what they understand their rights and civic responsibilities to be, and reported their views on the document's importance and relevance in their lives today. The…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Focus Groups
Branson, Margaret – 2002
The visible signs of patriotism displayed in the United States since the events of September 11, 2001 are at once an expression of pride and a palliative for people's grief and sorrow, an understandable response to a national tragedy. But more important is a kind of less visible patriotism that calls for fidelity to the values and principles for…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
White, Charles, Ed. – 2002
The official theme of Law Day 2003 (May 1, 2003), "Celebrate Your Freedom: Independent Courts Protect Our Liberties," is reflected throughout this planning guide. The guide offers teachers the tools for programs and discussions on the rule of law and the role of independent courts. It can also assist in developing programs and…
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Courts, Elementary Secondary Education, Freedom
Idaho Humanities Council, Boise. – 2002
This study guide is a product of the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC). The guide is the result of IHC's July 2002 summer institute for teachers held at Albertson College of Idaho (Caldwell). Twenty five Idaho teachers participated. They explored U.S. Constitutional issues and political decisions and participated in a simulated congressional hearing…
Descriptors: Citizen Role, Curriculum Enrichment, Secondary Education, Social Studies
De Villier, Paul Wayne – 2002
The scope of the American Presidency and the office's powers can change from one Chief Executive to the next. The Chief Executive is the Head of State, has Executive Powers and Privileges, is the Chief Negotiator in Treaties, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, and leader of his political party. This paper considers European and U.S.…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Government (Administrative Body), Political Issues, Presidents of the United States
McClung, Merle Steven – 2002
In the elections of 2000, one-half of U.S. citizens did not vote, or vote effectively. This reflects a marked decline in civic participation. Before these serious civic issues could be addressed, a second national civics lesson suddenly upstaged the first when international terrorists hijacked and crashed commercial airliners into the World Trade…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics
Cook, Orson – 2002
This paper consists of preliminary notes for a lecture on the commonalities between the history of constitution-making in the Republic of Mexico and the United States. The paper discusses the first Mexican Constitution of 1824 and notes that Mexico has had many different constitutions. It also notes that, despite the U.S. and Mexican shared…
Descriptors: Area Studies, Constitutional History, Cultural Context, Curriculum Development
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Etzioni, Amitai – Academic Questions, 2002
Social scientists have suggested that all societies adhere to certain universal values. One form or another of the Golden Rule, for example, appears in all cultures. It may follow that, if we want to rise above cultural relativism, we might adopt values that humans seem to share and agree on already. The author of this article dismisses various…
Descriptors: Social Change, Social Scientists, Ethics, Responsibility
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Schimmel, David – Insights on Law & Society, 2002
Discusses the reasons why students do not see constitutional rights as applicable to their own lives. Focuses on the formal and informal curriculum of schools. Presents court cases for students to learn about the reasons why their rights must differ from adults. Describes how students can be included in making school rules. (CMK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Court Litigation, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Practices
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Williams, Charles F. – Insights on Law & Society, 2002
Discusses the issues addressed in the 2002 U.S. Supreme Court term, such as the First, Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, cruel and unusual punishment, sex offender registries, fair housing, cross burning, jury selection, affirmative action, abortion protests, and copyrights and the public domain. (CMK)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Copyrights
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Erb, Tom – Middle School Journal, 2002
Asserts that concern for academic success across the curriculum should extend beyond raising test scores. Contends that in the wake of the terrorist acts of 9/11/01, issues of public security and civil liberties present an opportunity for teachers to teach the Constitution and its amendments in an effort to fight citizen ignorance. (SD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Children, Citizenship, Citizenship Education
American Educator, 2002
Presents excerpts from the speeches and writings of Abraham Lincoln (e.g., various speeches that addressed slavery, a speech on democracy as a universal ideal, and the Gettysburg Address) to show how he evoked a vision of a United States that has inspired, shaped, and defined the country ever since. (SM)
Descriptors: Democracy, Patriotism, Poetry, Prose
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