M/J Civics   (#2106015)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

The primary content for this half -year course pertains to the principles, functions, and organization of government; the origins of the American political system; the roles, rights, responsibilities of United States citizens; and methods of active participation in our political system.


Special Notes:
Additional content that may be included in the Grade 8 NAEP Civics assessment includes:

  • Distinctive characteristics of American society
  • Unity/diversity in American society
  • Civil society: nongovernmental associations, groups
  • Nation-states
  • Interaction among nation-states
  • Major governmental, nongovernmental international organizations

The NAEP frameworks for Civics may be accessed at http://www.nagb.org/publications/frameworks/civicsframework.pdf

Instructional Practices
Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

 

Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit https://www.cpalms.org/Standards/BEST_Standards.aspx and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL's need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: https://cpalmsmediaprod.blob.core.windows.net/uploads/docs/standards/eld/ss.pdf

Additional Instructional Resources:
A.V.E. for Success Collection is provided by the Florida Association of School Administrators: http://www.fasa.net/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=139. Please be aware that these resources have not been reviewed by CPALMS and there may be a charge for the use of some of them in this collection.

General Information

Course Number: 2106015
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J CIVICS
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Level: 2
Course Status: State Board Approved
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

In the Driver's Seat: Character Interactions in Little Women:

Study excerpts from the classic American novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott in this interactive English Language Arts tutorial. Using excerpts from chapter eight of Little Women, you'll identify key characters and their actions. You'll also explain how interactions between characters contributes to the development of the plot. 

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What it Means to Give a Gift: How Allusions Contribute to Meaning in "The Gift of the Magi":

Examine how allusions contribute to meaning in excerpts from O. Henry's classic American short story “The Gift of the Magi." In this interactive tutorial, you'll determine how allusions in the text better develop the key story elements of setting, characters, and conflict and explain how the allusion to the Magi contributes to the story’s main message about what it means to give a gift.

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Analyzing Imagery in Shakespeare’s "Sonnet 18":

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Comparing Universal Themes in Shakespeare’s "Sonnet 18":

Study William Shakespeare's "Sonnet 18" to determine and compare two universal themes and how they were developed throughout the sonnet with this interactive tutorial.

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How Form Contributes to Meaning in Shakespeare’s "Sonnet 18":

Explore the form and meaning of William Shakespeare's “Sonnet 18.”  In this interactive tutorial, you’ll examine how key words and phrases contribute to meaning in the sonnet, select the key features of a Shakespearean sonnet in the poem, identify the solution to a problem, and explain how the form of a Shakespearean sonnet contributes to the meaning of "Sonnet 18."

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Analyzing Universal Themes in "The Gift of the Magi":

Analyze how O. Henry uses details to address the topics of value, sacrifice, and love in his famous short story, "The Gift of the Magi." In this interactive tutorial, you'll also determine two universal themes of the story. 

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How Story Elements Interact in “The Gift of the Magi" – Part Two:

Explore key story elements in more excerpts from the classic American short story “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry.

In Part Two of this two-part series, you'll analyze how important information about two main characters is revealed through the context of the story’s setting and events in the plot. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to explain how character development, setting, and plot interact in "The Gift of the Magi."

Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part One. 

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How Story Elements Interact in “The Gift of the Magi" -- Part One:

Explore key story elements in the classic American short story “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Throughout this two-part tutorial, you'll analyze how important information about two main characters is revealed through the context of the story’s setting and events in the plot. By the end of this tutorial series, you should be able to explain how character development, setting, and plot interact in excerpts from this short story.

Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to view "How Story Elements Interact in 'The Gift of the Magi' -- Part Two."

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Archetypes – Part Two: Examining Archetypes in The Princess and the Goblin:

Read more from the fantasy novel The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald in Part Two of this three-part series. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to compare and contrast the archetypes of two characters in the novel.

Make sure to complete all three parts of this series!

Click HERE to view "Archetypes -- Part One: Examining an Archetype in The Princess and the Goblin."

Click HERE to view "Archetypes -- Part Three: Comparing and Contrasting Archetypes in Two Fantasy Stories." 

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Archetypes – Part One: Examining an Archetype in The Princess and the Goblin:

Learn to determine the key traits of a main character named Princess Irene in excerpts from the fantasy novel The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. In this interactive tutorial, you’ll also identify her archetype and explain how textual details about her character support her archetype.  

Make sure to complete all three parts of this series! 

Click HERE to view "Archetypes -- Part Two: Examining Archetypes in The Princess and the Goblin."

Click HERE to view "Archetypes -- Part Three: Comparing and Contrasting Archetypes in Two Fantasy Stories." 

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The Power to Cure or Impair: The Importance of Setting in "The Yellow Wallpaper" -- Part One:

Learn to identify aspects of setting and character as you analyze several excerpts from “The Yellow Wallpaper," a chilling short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman that explores the impact on its narrator of being confined to mostly one room. You'll also determine how the narrator’s descriptions of the story’s setting better reveal her emotional and mental state.

This interactive tutorial is Part One in a two-part series. By the end of Part Two, you should be able to explain how the narrator changes through her interaction with the setting. Click below to launch Part Two.

The Power to Cure or Impair: The Importance of Setting in 'The Yellow Wallpaper' -- Part Two 

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The Power to Cure or Impair: The Importance of Setting in "The Yellow Wallpaper" -- Part Two:

Continue to examine several excerpts from the chilling short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which explores the impact on its narrator of being confined to mostly one room. In Part Two of this tutorial series, you'll determine how the narrator’s descriptions of the story’s setting reveal its impact on her emotional and mental state. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to explain how the narrator changes through her interaction with the setting.

Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to launch "The Power to Cure or Impair: The Importance of Setting in 'The Yellow Wallpaper' -- Part One." 

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The Mystery of the Past: How the Form of a Villanelle Contributes to Meaning in "The House on the Hill":

Explore the mysterious poem “The House on the Hill” by Edwin Arlington Robinson in this interactive tutorial. As you explore the poem's message about the past, you’ll identify the features of a villanelle in the poem. By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to explain how the form of a villanelle contributes to the poem's meaning.

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A Giant of Size and Power – Part Two: How the Form of a Sonnet Contributes to Meaning in "The New Colossus":

Continue to explore the significance of the famous poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, lines from which are engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. 

In Part Two of this two-part series, you’ll identify the features of a sonnet in the poem "The New Colossus." By the end of this tutorial, you should be able to explain how the form of a sonnet contributes to the poem's meaning. 

Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two.

Click  to launch "A Giant of Size and Power -- Part One: Exploring the Significance of 'The New Colossus.'"

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Analyzing the Beginning of The Red Umbrella – Part Two: How Setting Influences Characters:

Continue to explore excerpts from the beginning of the historical fiction novel The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez in Part Two of this two-part series. In Part Two, you'll examine how setting influences characters.

Make sure to complete Part One first. Click HERE to launch "Analyzing the Beginning of The Red Umbrella -- Part One: How Setting Influences Events." 

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A Giant of Size and Power -- Part One: Exploring the Significance of "The New Colossus":

In Part One, explore the significance of the famous poem “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, lines from which are engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. 

This famous poem also happens to be in the form of a sonnet. In Part Two of this two-part series, you’ll identify the features of a sonnet in the poem. By the end of this tutorial series, you should be able to explain how the form of a sonnet contributes to the poem's meaning. Make sure to complete both parts!

Click HERE to launch "A Giant of Size and Power -- Part Two: How the Form of a Sonnet Contributes to Meaning in 'The New Colossus.'"

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Analyzing the Beginning of The Red Umbrella – Part One: How Setting Influences Events:

Explore excerpts from the beginning of the historical fiction novel The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez in this two-part series. In Part One, you'll examine how setting influences events. In Part Two, you'll examine how setting influences characters.

Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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All About the Electoral College: Part 2:

In this interactive 2-part tutorial series, you'll learn ALL about the Electoral College, the often-confusing mechanism used for picking the President of the United States.  

This is part 2 in a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 1.

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All About the Electoral College: Part 1:

In this 2-part interactive tutorial series, you'll learn ALL about the Electoral College, the often-confusing mechanism used for picking the President of the United States.  

This is part 1 in a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 2.

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All About Impeachment: Part 2:

In Part 2 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about the impeachment process detailed in the U.S. Constitution, including what it is, who can be impeached, why someone would be impeached, and some famous examples of impeachment in action.   

This is part 2 in a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 1.

 

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All About Impeachment: Part 1:

In Part 1 of this interactive tutorial series, learn about the impeachment process detailed in the U.S. Constitution, including what it is, who can be impeached, why someone would be impeached, and a bit about the process.  

 

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CER: Writing a Great Paragraph:

Learn how to write a great "CER" paragraph that includes a claim, evidence, and reasoning with this interactive tutorial.

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Government Takes Many Forms:

Learn about the forms governments take, including monarchy, democracy, autocracy, and oligarchy, with this interactive tutorial.

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Comparing Economic Ideologies:

Learn about three economic ideologies--capitalism, socialism, and communism--as well as economic systems with this interactive tutorial.

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Interpreting Political Propaganda:

In this interactive tutorial, unlock the language of propaganda and learn about bias and symbolism in political propaganda.

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Reading into Words with Multiple Meanings:

Explore Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" and examine words, phrases, and lines with multiple meanings. In this interactive tutorial, you'll analyze how these multiple meanings can affect a reader’s interpretation of the poem.

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From Myth to Short Story: Drawing on Source Material – Part Two:

Examine the topics of transformation and perfection as you read excerpts from the “Myth of Pygmalion” by Ovid and the short story “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. By the end of this two-part, interactive tutorial series, you should be able to explain how the short story draws on and transforms source material from the original myth. 

This tutorial is the second in a two-part series. Click HERE to launch Part One.

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From Myth to Short Story: Drawing on Source Material – Part One:

Examine the topics of transformation and perfection as you read excerpts from the “Myth of Pygmalion” by Ovid and the short story “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. By the end of this two-part, interactive tutorial series, you should be able to explain how the short story draws on and transforms source material from the original myth.  

This tutorial is the first in a two-part series. Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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Don't Plagiarize: Cite Your Sources!:

Learn more about that dreaded word--plagiarism--in this interactive tutorial that's all about citing your sources, creating a Works Cited page, and avoiding academic dishonesty!

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Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources:

Learn more about that dreaded word--plagiarism--in this interactive tutorial that's all about citing your sources and avoiding academic dishonesty!

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Analyzing Word Choice in Emerson's "Self-Reliance": Part 2:

Explore excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" in this two-part series. This tutorial is Part Two. In this tutorial, you will continue to examine excerpts from Emerson's essay that focus on the topic of traveling. You'll examine word meanings and determine the connotations of specific words. You will also analyze the impact of specific word choices on the meaning of this portion of the essay.

Make sure to complete Part One first. Click HERE to launch Part One.

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Analyzing Word Choice in Emerson's "Self-Reliance": Part 1:

Explore excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" in this two-part interactive tutorial series. You will examine word meanings, examine subtle differences between words with similar meanings, and think about the emotions or associations that are connected to specific words. Finally, you will analyze the impact of specific word choices on the meaning of these excerpts.

Make sure to complete both parts! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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Analyzing Figurative Meaning in Emerson's "Self-Reliance": Part 2:

Explore excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" in this interactive two-part tutorial. This tutorial is Part Two. In this two-part series, you will learn to enhance your experience of Emerson's essay by analyzing his use of the word "genius." You will analyze Emerson's figurative meaning of "genius" and how he develops and refines the meaning of this word over the course of the essay.

Make sure to complete Part One before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to view Part One.

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Analyzing Figurative Meaning in Emerson's "Self-Reliance": Part 1:

Explore excerpts from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance" in this interactive two-part tutorial. In Part One, you’ll learn to enhance your experience of a text by analyzing its use of a word’s figurative meaning. Specifically, you'll examine Emerson's figurative meaning of the key term "genius." In Part Two, you’ll learn how to track the development of a word’s figurative meaning over the course of a text. 

Make sure to complete both parts of the tutorial! Click HERE to launch Part Two.

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Analyzing Word Choices in Poe's "The Raven" -- Part Two:

Practice analyzing word choices in "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, including word meanings, subtle differences between words with similar meanings, and emotions connected to specific words. In this interactive tutorial, you will also analyze the impact of specific word choices on the meaning of the poem.

This is Part Two of a two-part series. Part One should be completed before beginning Part Two. Click HERE to open Part One.

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Analyzing Word Choices in Poe's "The Raven" -- Part One:

Practice analyzing word choices in "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe in this interactive tutorial. In this tutorial, you will examine word meanings, examine subtle differences between words with similar meanings, and think about emotions connected to specific words. You will also analyze the impact of specific word choices on the meaning of the poem.

This tutorial is Part One of a two-part series on Poe's "The Raven." Click HERE to open Part Two.

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The Voices of Jekyll and Hyde, Part Two:

Get ready to travel back in time to London, England during the Victorian era in this interactive tutorial that uses text excerpts from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This tutorial is Part Two of a three-part series. You should complete Part One before beginning this tutorial. In Part Two, you will read excerpts from the last half of the story and practice citing evidence to support analysis of a literary text. In the third tutorial in this series, you’ll learn how to create a Poem in 2 Voices using evidence from this story. 

Make sure to complete all three parts! Click to HERE launch Part One. Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

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Its all about Mood: Bradbury's "Zero Hour":

Learn how authors create mood in a story through this interactive tutorial. You'll read a science fiction short story by author Ray Bradbury and analyze how he uses images, sound, dialogue, setting, and characters' actions to create different moods. This tutorial is Part One in a two-part series. In Part Two, you'll use Bradbury's story to help you create a Found Poem that conveys multiple moods.

When you've completed Part One, click HERE to launch Part Two.

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Expository Writing: Eyes in the Sky (Part 4 of 4):

Practice writing different aspects of an expository essay about scientists using drones to research glaciers in Peru. This interactive tutorial is part four of a four-part series. In this final tutorial, you will learn about the elements of a body paragraph. You will also create a body paragraph with supporting evidence. Finally, you will learn about the elements of a conclusion and practice creating a “gift.” 

This tutorial is part four of a four-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

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The Voices of Jekyll and Hyde, Part One:

Practice citing evidence to support analysis of a literary text as you read excerpts from one of the most famous works of horror fiction of all time, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 

This tutorial is Part One of a three-part tutorial. In Part Two, you'll continue your analysis of the text. In Part Three, you'll learn how to create a Poem in 2 Voices using evidence from this story. Make sure to complete all three parts! 

Click HERE to launch Part Two. Click HERE to launch Part Three. 

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Expository Writing: Eyes in the Sky (Part 3 of 4):

Learn how to write an introduction for an expository essay in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is the third part of a four-part series. In previous tutorials in this series, students analyzed an informational text and video about scientists using drones to explore glaciers in Peru. Students also determined the central idea and key details of the text and wrote an effective summary. In part three, you'll learn how to write an introduction for an expository essay about the scientists' research. 

This tutorial is part three of a four-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

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Drones and Glaciers: Eyes in the Sky (Part 2 of 4):

Learn how to identify the central idea and key details of a text, as well as how to write an effective summary in this interactive tutorial. This tutorial is the second tutorial in a four-part series that examines how scientists are using drones to explore glaciers in Peru. 

This tutorial is part two of a four-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

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Judicial Review: Brought to You by Marbury v. Madison:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the famous Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison, which established the principle of judicial review.  You'll examine the details of the case and its important legacy in American history.  

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Drones and Glaciers: Eyes in the Sky (Part 1 of 4):

Learn about how researchers are using drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, to study glaciers in Peru. In this interactive tutorial you will practice citing text evidence when answering questions about a text.

This tutorial is part one of a four-part series. Click below to open the other tutorials in this series.

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Avoiding Plagiarism: It's Not Magic:

Learn how to avoid plagiarism in this interactive tutorial. You will also learn how to follow a standard format for citation and how to format your research paper using MLA style. Along the way, you will also learn about master magician Harry Houdini. This tutorial is Part Two of a two-part series on research writing.

Be sure to complete Part One first. Click to view Part One.

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Evaluating Constitutional Rights:

In this interactive tutorial, explore several landmark cases of the Supreme Court to see how the Court's decisions have impacted the rights of individuals and society throughout American history.

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Research Writing: It's Not Magic:

Learn about paraphrasing and the use of direct quotes in this interactive tutorial about research writing. Along the way, you'll also learn about master magician Harry Houdini. This tutorial is part one of a two-part series, so be sure to complete both parts.

Check out part two—Avoiding Plaigiarism: It's Not Magic here.

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Exploring The First Amendment:

In this interactive tutorial hosted by "Bill" O. Rights, learn in great detail about the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.

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Happy Halloween! Textual Evidence and Inferences:

Cite text evidence and make inferences about the "real" history of Halloween in this spooky interactive tutorial. 

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Differing Democracies: Parliamentary and Presidential Systems :

Learn about 2 different types of democracies. You'll compare and contrast presidential and parliamentary systems of government using the examples of the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Government: A "Systematic" Approach:

Learn about three systems of government--federal, unitary, and confederation--in this interactive tutorial.

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Plagiarism: What Is It? How Can I Avoid It?:

Learn more about that dreaded word--plagiarism--in this interactive tutorial that's all about citing your sources and avoiding academic dishonesty!

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Cyberwar! Citing Evidence and Making Inferences:

Learn how to cite evidence and draw inferences in this interactive tutorial. Using an informational text about cyber attacks, you'll practice identifying text evidence and making inferences based on the text.

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Go For the Gold: Writing Claims & Using Evidence:

Learn how to define and identify claims being made within a text. This tutorial will also show you how evidence can be used effectively to support the claim being made. Lastly, this tutorial will help you write strong, convincing claims of your own.

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Federal Government: The Three Branches in Action :

Examine the powers and processes of the three branches of our federal government. In this interactive tutorial you'll learn what Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court really do.  Enjoy!

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We Have Three Governments?:

Explore the impact of federal, state, and local government on your life with this interactive tutorial.

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International Conflicts: 1961 to Present:

Learn about 5 international conflicts involving the United States from 1961 to the present, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Iraq War.  For each, you'll learn how the conflict began and how the U.S. responded in this interactive tutorial.  

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Sunshine State Government:

Explore the state government of Florida and learn how its three branches are modeled after the federal government in this interactive tutorial. 

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Influencing Government:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll identify the impacts of individuals, interest groups, and the media on monitoring and influencing the government of the United States.

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Constitutional Amendments: The Expansion of Democracy :

Learn about 6 crucial amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  These amendments ended slavery, ensured equal rights for all citizens, and guaranteed voting rights to women, African Americans, and other minority groups.  

This interactive tutorial is a companion to .

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Understanding Rule of Law:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about one of the most important principles in American democracy: rule of law.  You'll explore this important concept and learn about its application to a famous Supreme Court decision: United States v. Nixon.  

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Election Time in Tutorial Town:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn about the election process, register to vote, and participate in a mock election to pick the mayor of Tutorial Town! 

 

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Evaluate the Candidates: Who Will You Choose? :

In this interactive tutorial, learn how to evaluate candidates running for political office. You'll play the role of a voter choosing between two candidates running for mayor of your town!

 

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Show Your Citizenship!:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of American citizenship.

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The Three Branches: Check Yourself!:

In this interactive tutorial, explore the three branches of the U.S. federal government with a special emphasis on the checks and balances that allow our government to achieve a proper separation of powers.

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Trial by Jury: You Decide!:

In this interactive tutorial, simulate the experience of serving on a jury and deciding a case!  Learn all about trial by jury and why it's such an important part of our society, as well as an obligation of citizenship.  

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The Great Debate: Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll compare the viewpoints of the two groups on opposite sides of the great debate over ratifying the U.S. Constitution: Federalists and Anti-Federalists.  

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Know Your Rights: Examining the Bill of Rights:

In this interactive tutorial, analyze all 10 Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution.  You'll learn not only about the rights and freedoms guaranteed by each, but also the limits of those rights.  

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Finding Civic Solutions:

This interactive tutorial will help you answer the questions: What can individuals do on their own to make change? When can your government help you?  To which government can you turn?  Learn about responsible citizenship and how you might make positive changes in your own community. 

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What's Law Got to Do with It?:

In this interactive tutorial, explore the sources and types of laws in the American legal system.

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Comparing Constitutions: Florida vs. the United States:

Explore the similarities and differences between the federal Constitution of the United States and the state Constitution of Florida.  With this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn about our system of federalism and how it's expressed in these Constitutions.  

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International Conflicts: 1914-1975:

Learn about 4 international conflicts in which the United States was involved between 1914 and 1975: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  For each conflict, you'll learn how and why the U.S. became involved and what the outcome was as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Click to open the companion tutorial, "International Conflicts: 1961 to Present."

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Britain vs. America: What Led to the Declaration of Independence:

In this interactive tutorial, learn why Great Britain and her 13 American colonies split between 1763 and 1776.  At the end of this time span, Britain and America were at war, and the Declaration of Independence had announced the United States of America as a brand new nation, no longer colonies of Britain.  

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"The Last Leaf" – Making Inferences:

Learn how to make inferences based on the information included in the text in this interactive tutorial. Using the short story "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry, you'll practice identifying both the explicit and implicit information in the story. You'll apply your own reasoning to make inferences based on what is stated both explicitly and implicitly in the text. 

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"Beary" Good Details:

Join Baby Bear to answer questions about key details in his favorite stories with this interactive tutorial. Learn about characters, setting, and events as you answer who, where, and what questions.

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Citizenship: It All Starts Here!:

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn all about citizenship in the United States of America: what citizenship is, why some Americans have citizenship from birth, and how others became U.S. citizens through a process called naturalization.

 

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Surviving Extreme Conditions:

In this tutorial, you will practice identifying relevant evidence within a text as you read excerpts from Jack London's short story, "To Build a Fire." Then, you'll practice your writing skills as you draft a short response using examples of relevant evidence from the story.

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"Do you Have an Eraser?" Amending the Constitution:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

This interactive tutorial teaches you all about the process of amending--changing--the United States Constitution.

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Exploring Texts:

Learn how to make inferences using the novel Hoot in this interactive tutorial. You'll learn how to identify both explicit and implicit information in the story to make inferences about characters and events.

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Foreign and Domestic Policy :

Learn about the United States' foreign and domestic policy.  You'll also "take an international flight" to see how the U.S. conducts foreign policy abroad with the help of the State Department in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Analyzing the Declaration of Independence :

In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn how to analyze the ideas, grievances (complaints), and language found in the Declaration of Independence, one of the most important documents in the history of the United States.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Joy That Kills:

Learn how to make inferences when reading a fictional text using the textual evidence provided. In this tutorial, you'll read the short story "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin. You'll practice identifying what is directly stated in the text and what requires the use of inference. You'll practice making your own inferences and supporting them with evidence from the text.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Understanding the Preamble :

Analyze the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution -- line by line, word by word -- in this interactive tutorial!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

International Organizations:

Learn about the international organizations with which the United States government and its citizens are involved. You'll learn about intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Party On: Political Parties in America:

In this interactive tutorial, learn all about political parties in the U.S., including what they are and how they function in our political system. You'll learn lots about the two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, and also about third parties and what it means to be a political "Independent."

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Journey Through Justice: Our Federal Courts:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the different levels of our federal judicial system, from federal district courts all the way up to the one and only Supreme Court.  You'll learn about the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, which set an important precedent for students' right to free speech in schools.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Supreme Court and Equal Rights: Two Famous Cases:

In this interactive tutorial, learn how the decisions of the United States Supreme Court have affected the equal rights of Americans.  You'll learn the outcomes and impacts of two famous cases: Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

From Confederation to Constitution:

In this interactive tutorial, learn about the Articles of Confederation, our nation’s first written constitution.  You'll identify its major weaknesses and their consequences, and you'll explain the reasons why America's Founders replaced the Articles of Confederation with the government we still use today, the U.S. Constitution.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Three Branches of Government:

Learn how to identify the three branches of the federal government as established by the Constitution of the United States. With this interactive tutorial you will also be learn to identify the structure and function of each branch of government. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Which Government Is Which?:

In this interactive tutorial, compare and contrast different forms of government, including democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, and autocracy. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Enlightenment Ideas and the Founders:

Learn how Enlightenment ideas like separation of powers, natural law, and the social contract influenced the Founders and their design of the United States government in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

We Have Two Governments?:

Understand how and why American citizens are governed by two governments which share power: the federal government of the United States and the government of the state in which they live.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Colonists: What Were They Thinking?:

Learn how several famous documents influenced the views of American colonists when they sought their independence from Great Britain and formed their own government. In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn about the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

How Are Laws Made?:

Learn how a bill, an idea for a law, becomes a law with this interactive tutorial. You will see how bills are passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, how all three branches of government play a role in determining the laws of our land, and how this process ensures that our laws are fair and can withstand the tests of time.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Tutorials

The President as Commander in Chief:

Learn about Article II, Section II of the U.S. Constitution and the president's role as the commander in chief in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy and the National Constitution Center.

Type: Tutorial

The Birth of the U.S. Constitution:

Learn about the birth of the U.S. Constitution in this tutorial video by Khan Academy and the Aspen Institute. You'll learn why the Constitution was needed and what its famous Preamble means. Referred to as a "bundle of compromises," the Constitution sought to create a government based on separation of powers and checks and balances.

Type: Tutorial

History of the Democratic Party:

Learn about the history of the Democratic Party, the party of Jackson, Wilson, FDR, and LBJ, in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. From its early roots in the era of Thomas Jefferson to the present day, the Democratic Party has played an integral role in shaping the government, policies and history of America.

Type: Tutorial

History of the Republican Party:

Learn about the history of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, Hoover, Eisenhower, and Reagan, in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. From its early roots tied to Alexander Hamilton to the present day, the Republican Party has played an integral role in shaping the government, policies and history of America.

Type: Tutorial

The Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education:

Learn more about the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. This case was a pivotal moment in the struggle for racial equality in America.

Type: Tutorial

Freedom of the Press: New York Times v. United States:

View a documentary about the First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. You'll review the historic origins of these rights and then go into detail about the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in New York Times v. United States, the Pentagon Papers case. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Habeas Corpus: The Guantanamo Cases:

In this tutorial, you will view an outstanding video on the meaning and history of habeas corpus: the law that prevents a person being held in jail or prison without being able to hear and contest the charges being brought against them. You'll then learn about 4 recent Supreme Court cases where habeas corpus has been called into question in the context of the global war on terror.

Type: Tutorial

A Conversation on the Constitution: Brown v. Board of Education:

In this video, you will hear from Supreme Court Justices O'Connor, Breyer and Kennedy as they recount the landmark Supreme Court decision on the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954. This case was instrumental in the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement and to desegregating public schools in America. The video also include discussion of a key event that followed the Brown v. Board ruling, specifically that of the nine students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, a group known as the Little Rock Nine. Enjoy this conversation on the Constitution!

Type: Tutorial

Tax Man Max -- Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about taxes: what they pay for and why citizens have an obligation to pay them.

Type: Tutorial

Checks and Balances:

In this tutorial, enjoy a short video describing how checks and balances work in our government! Our system of government is based on "checks" by each branch of government on the power of the others. In fact, the entire reason for this system is to prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful.

Type: Tutorial

A Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.:

In this tutorial, you will learn more about an important Supreme Court case called Ledbetter v. Goodyear. Enjoy this video about Lilly Ledbetter, whose fight for equal pay for equal work eventually involved all three branches of government. This case has lasting effects, even today. Enjoy this video!

Type: Tutorial

Federalism:

In this tutorial, you'll enjoy a short video on that "3 layer cake" we call federalism. This system essentially divides the responsibilities of government into 3 (local, state, federal), based on what would be most effective for citizens at each level.

Type: Tutorial

House and Senate:

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video clip about the role and function of our Congress. Do you know who represents you? Our legislative branch is bicameral - which means there are two houses of Congress, and each has a different perspective as they make laws for the greater good of our nation. Enjoy this short video on the House and the Senate.

Type: Tutorial

Who Can Be A Member of Congress? :

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video clip that reviews the qualifications and requirements to serve in Congress. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio :

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video to learn more about the constitutional protection that prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. To do this, you'll examine a landmark Supreme Court case, Mapp v. Ohio. Dollree Mapp stood up to police who tried to enter her home without a search warrant. This act led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that limited police powers. This video explores the Fourth Amendment protections and the Court's ruling that evidence illegally obtained by police is not admissible in state courts. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company :

In this tutorial, you will review the importance of trial by jury as a part of our judicial process. Attorneys routinely argue to have potential jurors rejected based on a juror's biases. But what if the attorneys want a juror rejected on their race?

This video describes how an African American construction worker's personal injury lawsuit against his employer evolved into a landmark jury selection case on the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a Landmark Case called Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co. that under the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause, parties in civil cases cannot use race-based peremptory challenges to reject potential jurors. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Bureaucracy: A Controversial Necessity:

In this tutorial, you'll gain a better understanding of how our executive branch works, specifically the Cabinet and the agencies that make up the federal bureaucracy. Learn about how these executive departments and agencies affect our daily lives in many ways. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

One Vote:

In this tutorial, you'll view a brief video clip about the importance of voting. As citizens of the United States, it's our civic responsibility to vote! From this clip, you will see that sometimes even just one little vote can make a big difference!

Type: Tutorial

Citizen Participation:

In this tutorial, you will review the responsibilities of American citizens.  There are lots of ways to get involved and participate as a citizen: writing letters or emails to your representatives, voting in local, state, and national elections, or even volunteering in your community or for political campaigns.  Our democracy depends on citizen participation!  

Type: Tutorial

Korematsu and Civil Liberties:

In this tutorial, you will view a video that explores the landmark Supreme Court case Korematsu v. U.S. (1944). This documentary examines one of the most controversial executive orders in American history and the constitutionality of such domestic policies. Enjoy taking this journey through American history and examining the constitutional rights that our Supreme Court weighs in its decisions!

Type: Tutorial

Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause:

In this tutorial, you'll view a video about the 1886 Supreme Court case Yick Wo v. Hopkins, which set important precedents for protecting the rights and equal protections of immigrants and citizens alike. Enjoy this quick journey through American history that examines how the 14th Amendment expanded rights of all Americans!

Type: Tutorial

Argument Wars:

In this tutorial, you'll be able to utilize your legal knowledge and persuasive skills by representing clients and posing arguments based on previous landmark Supreme Court cases! Test your knowledge on Brown vs. Board of Education, Gideon vs. Wainwright, Miranda vs. Arizona, and many more! Will you select the correct information and win your case? Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

People's Pies:

In this tutorial, you will have the chance to create your own national budget! You'll need to acquire the funds from government programs and decide which people will benefit most from your program. Can you handle this stressful job and keep the citizens happy? Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Immigration Nation:

In this tutorial, you'll explore the various paths to citizenship in the United States. Help "Liberty Belle" determine which people are entitled to citizenship and which ones aren't. Whether it's someone seeking refugee status in America, someone marrying an American citizen, or someone obtaining a job in the States, you'll determine the different reasons immigrants travel to the U.S. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Represent Me!:

In this interactive tutorial game, you'll get the chance to be a representative working for the people of your city. The people who voted you into office come from all different backgrounds, and they want you to pass specific bills that will positively impact them. Can you meet all of their needs? Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Representative Numbers:

In this tutorial, you'll enjoy a brief video on how Congress represents the American population. What does that mean? It means that today, each U.S Congressperson represents approximately 650,000 of his or her constituents. That's a big number! Watch this video to learn more.

Type: Tutorial

The Bill of Rights:

In this tutorial, you will review the purpose of the Bill of Rights. While watching this brief video, ask yourself these questions: Why did our Founding Fathers believe that a Bill of Rights was needed? How does it both protect citizens and limit the federal government? Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

How a Bill Becomes Law:

In this tutorial, you will review the law-making process and how a bill becomes a law. Fun Fact: Did you know less than 10% of bills become law? Learn more as you watch the video! Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Courts in the Classroom:

In this tutorial, you'll take an interactive journey through our legal system! Explore landmark Supreme Court cases, examine some of the amendments of the Constitution, and compare criminal cases to civil cases. This is a one stop tutorial all about Civics, our courts, and the Constitution! Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Criminal vs. Civil Court Cases:

In this tutorial, you will learn all about the legal system and examine the difference between criminal court cases and civil court cases. Put your knowledge to the test and take the Student Challenge at the bottom of each page. Best of luck!

Type: Tutorial

Committees:

In this tutorial, you will view a short video that reviews how committees in Congress work to organize the bills that can be sent forward in either house (the House of Representatives or the Senate) for further review and voting. Enjoy this short video about Congressional committees as they work for you!

Type: Tutorial

Constitutional Principles - Consent of Governed:

In this tutorial you will view a short video on the constitutional principle of "consent of the governed." This principle was established by Enlightenment thinkers and influenced our Founding Fathers' ideas about government. Enjoy this brief review of this important concept!

Type: Tutorial

No More Kings! - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about the 13 colonies' separation from England. Enjoy this musical review about the colonists' grievances against King George III.

Type: Tutorial

How a Bill Becomes a Law - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about how a bill becomes a law. Enjoy this musical review of the legislative process!

Type: Tutorial

Checks and Balances - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about checks and balances in our government. Enjoy this musical review!

Type: Tutorial

The Constitution at Work:

In this tutorial, you will test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution! Challenge yourself with a matching activity to explore various primary source documents that span the course of American history and learn about their connections to the Constitution. Examine how these documents link to many of the great ideas found in the Constitution. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

The Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution:

In this tutorial, learn the real meanings of the different sections of the United States Constitution! You'll have a chance to click on all the parts of the Constitution--the Preamble, the Articles and the 27 amendments--and read the original text and a user-friendly summary that will help you understand the Framers' intentions. This tutorial is a one-stop shop. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Branch-O-Mania:

In this tutorial, you will use your knowledge about our federal government and the Constitution to help Ben classify the enumerated (expressed/delegated) powers granted to each of the three branches. Ben needs to collect the items as they drop and sort them by branch: legislative, executive or judicial. Can you help Ben sort these powers? Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Political Parties and Conventions:

In this tutorial, you will be able to review how the United States' two-party system was formed and the role of political parties in American government. This PowerPoint presentation will allow you to explore America's two dominant political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, the role of third parties in determining the outcomes of national elections, and the purpose of national conventions. Enjoy this review!

Type: Tutorial

What's Your Constitution IQ? Quiz:

In this brief tutorial game, you will test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. You'll answer multiple choice questions about the branches of goverenment and the Bill of Rights. How many questions can you get right? Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

The Enlightenment Thinkers:

In this tutorial game, you will put your knowledge of Enlightenment thinkers and ideas to the test! Match the famous philosophers, such as John Locke and Montesquieu, to the ideas of theirs that helped influence the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Type: Tutorial

FAQs: Juries:

In this tutorial, you will have the opportunity to view several short video segments about juries. You'll hear from constitutional experts, lawyers, and judges who discuss juries and jury service. Jury duty itself plays a significant role in our democratic society and was established by our Constitution. Explore topics related to juries and jury service such as the history of juries, what to expect as a juror, the value of jury service, and much more. Learn and enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Facts of Congress: Amendments :

In this tutorial, you will view a short animated video on amendments to laws. A significant part of the legislative process involves amending (changing) laws and policies so that they are in the best form possible before being signed by the president and followed by citizens. Take time to consider this lesser-known part of how a bill becomes a law. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Constitution Preamble - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to an animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about the Constitution's Preamble. If you have trouble viewing the video, click the 'full screen' option.

Type: Tutorial

Court Quest:

In this tutorial, you will become an expert on the levels and powers of our court system. In this educational game, players advise citizens searching for justice in the levels of our court system: local, state, and federal courts. Our Constitution established a federal system of government, with some courts administered by states and others by the federal government. Learn which types of cases go to which types of courts! Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Win the White House:

In this tutorial game, you will be running for the office of President of the United States! But it's not that simple--you've got to plan your campaign, decide on platform issues, select a campaign manager, and much more. Hurry--time is running out. We need a new leader, and that leader just might be you! Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Celebrate the Constitution Game:

In this tutorial game, you will challenge your knowledge of what the U.S. Constitution says and means. Drag and drop each of the titles to the appropriate section of the U.S. Constitution as listed. And here's the best part - you can play multiple times to see different questions and really test yourself! Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Branches of Power:

In this tutorial, you will act as a Secret Service Agent and restore the "branches of power" that Oppressor Sam, the country's ruler, has cut down.  Review your knowledge of the functions and powers of our three branches while putting our government back together! But be careful: wrong answers could lead to Oppressor Sam taking over forever!  Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Citizenship:

In this interactive quiz, you will test your knowledge of the responsibilities and obligations of citizens. There are 50 questions; how many can you get right? Enjoy this review, and good luck!

Type: Tutorial

The Preamble Scramble:

Practice your knowledge of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution by playing The Preamble Scramble! This interactive game has you put the words of the Preamble in the right order like puzzle pieces.

Type: Tutorial

Help Restore the Bill of Rights!:

In this tutorial, you will be given a mission to restore (put back together) the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. In this game, you will be asked to identify different rights and protections as listed in the Bill of Rights in order to put it back together and reclaim freedom for all Americans! Good Luck!

Type: Tutorial

We the Jury:

In this tutorial game, you will participate as a "juror" in a mock trial. You will have to utilize your knowledge about our court system and the trial process to deliberate and reach a verdict with your fellow jurors. Good luck, and make the right choice!

Type: Tutorial

The Bill of Rights Match Game:

In this tutorial/game, you will test your knowledge of the Bill of Rights! The object of this interactive game is to identify the rights that are protected by the Bill of Rights based on the scenarios presented. How many will you get correct?

Type: Tutorial

Federalist or Anti-Federalist?:

In this tutorial/game, you will test your knowledge of the viewpoints of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. These two groups had many heated debates over what exactly our new Constitution should look like and how the new American government would work. See how many you can get correct!

Type: Tutorial

Branches of the Federal Government :

In this tutorial/game, you will challenge your knowledge of the three branches of the federal government! See if you can correctly identify the powers and structures of each of these branches as the questions appear. How many will you get right?

Type: Tutorial

Seven Principles of the U.S. Constitution:

In this tutorial, you will view a brief but informative video that explains the seven underlying principles of the U.S. Constitution. These seven principles include: checks and balances, federalism, individual rights, limited government, popular sovereignty, republicanism, and separation of powers. Enjoy this review!

Type: Tutorial

Constitution Board Game:

In this tutorial, you will challenge your knowledge about the U.S. Constitution. Roll the dice, move along the board and answer questions in order to determine how much of a "Constitutional Scholar" you really are! How many will you get correct?

Type: Tutorial

Executive Command:

In this tutorial, you will assume the role of the President of the United States! Do you have what it takes? In order to carry out these duties, you will have to use your multitasking skills to consider which bills to sign, how to conduct diplomatic meetings and how to skilfully handle a military crisis in this interactive game. Good Luck!

Type: Tutorial

Freedom of Expression:

In this tutorial, you will view a video explaining how the failures of the Articles of Confederation led to the creation of our federal Constitution. You will learn how the Constitution was created and ratified, and how the resulting Bill of Rights led to the protection of certain freedoms - like our right to express ourselves. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Bill of Rights:

In this tutorial, you will view a video from the National Constitution Center that examines the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. This video identifies the reasons that led to the writing of the Bill of Rights and discusses the ratification process required to add these amendments to the Constitution. This video also examines how the Bill of Rights affects students like you!

Type: Tutorial

The Constitutional Convention:

In this tutorial, you will view a video about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 - when the Founding Fathers of our nation wrote the U.S. Constitution. This presentation explains who these "Framers" were, what their ideas meant, and what federalism and the separation of powers mean to us. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Presidency:

In this tutorial, you will view a video that explores the importance and history of the American presidency and the executive branch, provided by the National Constitution Center. This video contains great clips and highlights from recent presidential elections, as well as important information about the Constitution. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Legislative Branch:

In this tutorial, you will view a video about the legislative branch, provided by the National Constitution Center. This video will provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at how laws are made in Congress. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Overview of the Legislative Process:

In this tutorial, you will watch a short video from Congress.gov that provides an overview of the lawmaking process. The focus is on the similarities and differences of the two houses of Congress and their role in crafting legislation (laws). This the first in a 9-part series of short videos, so if you like this one, you can view them all in sequence!

Type: Tutorial

Causes of the American Revolution:

This PowerPoint presentation explains how English policies and American colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

Type: Tutorial

Constitution 101: An Introduction & Overview to the U.S. Constitution:

This PowerPoint presentation explains the branches of the federal government created by the U.S. Constitution. It also describes the intentions of the Preamble, checks and balances, the struggle to ratify the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and other amendments.

Type: Tutorial

Law Craft:

In this tutorial, you will get to create a "new identity" as a congressman or senator and compete against other members of Congress as you attempt to craft a bill with the hopes of it becoming a law! Listen to the wants and needs of your constituents and see if you can turn a bill into a law. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Inventing the American Presidency:

When the founders of the United States gathered to create the political foundation of our country, they decided on three branches of government, with an elected president central to the executive branch. This audio/visual presentation explains what led to the decision to create the presidency and the issues that were debated.

Type: Tutorial

A 3-Minute Guide to the Bill of Rights :

Americans take for granted their rights secured by the Constitution. Our basic protections are known as the Bill of Rights. This short video concisely provides information on exactly what the first ten amendments grant each and every American citizen.

Type: Tutorial

How is Power Divided in the United States Government?:

Separation of powers and checks and balances are hallmarks of the United States Constitution. Government was divided to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful. View this informative audio-visual presentation as it breaks down each branch and its constitutional powers.

Type: Tutorial

The Bill of Rights: Interactive Quiz:

In this interactive tutorial game, you will put your knowledge of the Bill of Rights to the test! You will view a series of short videos and then answer multiple choice questions about the origins and impact of the first ten amendments. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

The Making of the American Constitution:

This short video shows you how a meeting intended to revise the Articles of Confederation instead led to the formation of a new Constitution for the United States. Discover how a handful of Founding Fathers--working in sweltering heat and shrouded in secrecy--changed the course of history in Philadelphia in 1787.

Type: Tutorial

A Conversation on the Origin, Nature, and Importance of the Supreme Court:

In this tutorial video, Chief Justice John Roberts and a group of students discuss the Supreme Court: its history, how it selects and decides cases, and the role of an independent judiciary. You will learn about the constitutional powers of the courts, the role of judicial review, and a landmark Supreme Court case. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

That's Your Right :

In this tutorial game, you will compete in an interactive card game based on the rights and protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. You will review and challenge your knowledge of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Federal Law :

In this tutorial, you will view a video explaining how federal laws are made. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Pete Sessions explain the complex process of "how a bill becomes a law" to the students in their audience. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Role of the Courts:

In this tutorial, you will view a series of short videos about our judicial branch. In these videos, concepts such as separation of powers, judicial review, and checks and balances are discussed and explained by real judges. You will also be introduced to several landmark Supreme Court cases that have impacted American society and law. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Sortify: U.S. Constitution:

In this tutorial game, you will sort "tiles" with facts and scenarios concerning the U.S. Constitution into labeled "bins." The purpose of this exercise is for you to become familiar with your Constitution and the government it establishes. Points are awarded for correctly sorted tiles – good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Civil Liberties: Safeguarding the Individual:

In this tutorial, your knowledge and opinions of civil rights will be tested against three real-world Supreme Court cases. For each, you will learn the facts of the case and form an opinion about the civil rights at stake, and then compare your views to the actual ruling of the Supreme Court. You will learn how the Constitution protects (and limits) the rights of individuals in our country!

Type: Tutorial

Branches of Power:

This tutorial game will give you the chance to "play" the roles of the three branches of government. Rather than simply learning about each branch in isolation, you will control each branch and learn how they interact. The goal is to move public policy issues from ideas to fully formed laws with the collaboration of all 3 branches.

Type: Tutorial

Cast Your Vote:

In this tutorial, you will use your personal interests to drive a mock political debate. You will have the opportunity to select questions in the debate, rate the candidates' responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice. This is a great opportunity for you to weigh in as a citizen and participate in the democratic process!

Type: Tutorial

Do I Have a Right? Bill of Rights Edition:

In the Bill of Rights edition of Do I Have a Right?, you run a law firm that specializes in constitutional law, specifically the rights protected in the Bill of Rights. Clients bring various complaints, and you must identify if they "have a right." As you successfully resolve cases by matching clients with the correct attorneys, your law firm will grow along with the skills of your lawyers.

Type: Tutorial

Do I Have a Right?:

In this tutorial game, you will run a law firm that specializes in constitutional law. Your clients will bring you various complaints, and you must identify if they "have a right." "Prestige" will be awarded to your firm for correctly identifying your clients' rights and for winning their cases!

Type: Tutorial

Supreme Decision:

In this tutorial game, you will cast the deciding vote in a mock Supreme Court case. You will hear the background of the case, listen to the oral arguments, and help the final justice make up her mind in order to decide the outcome of the case! After completing this tutorial, you will better understand how judges make decisions, the power of judicial review, and the freedoms and limits contained in the First Amendment.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animation

A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution:

This 3-part video from Mount Vernon details the struggles that led delegates from the 13 colonies to hold a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. At this convention, under the leadership of George Washington, the delegates rejected the Articles of Confederation in favor of a new, stronger federal government. After the Constitution's ratification, Washington become the new nation's first president.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Parent Resources

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