The Center maintains an extensive library of
curriculum and lessons for teaching law, civics, government. We have
published an Annotated Bibliography of the Library that is available
for the asking. My intention is to put on our Annotated Bibliography
with search capabilities but I have to figure it out first! In
the meantime, I will tell you about new publications and videos to the
First Vote is a free, nonpartisan, classroom-based voter education, registration, and citizenship program for high school students. The program helps to educate young people about the importance of citizen participation and voting, and it challenges them to get involved in their communities. First Vote provides the opportunity for students and teachers to discuss what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society and the relationship between voting and the other duties and responsibilities of citizenship.
The Video: The fast-paced 15-minute First Vote video dramatizes the power of voting and citizen participation and includes extensive historical footage focused on struggles for the right to vote -- the suffragists, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam-era passage of the 26th Amendment, which gave 18- to 20-year-olds the right to vote. The video features the music of R.E.M., Aretha Franklin, and rap artist Young M.C. and explains the influence that young people can have on politics and the political arena if they exercise their right to vote. Beyond voting, the video challenges them to get involved with their community and their society by showing them what other students are doing to make a difference. The video has been closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Teacher's Resource Guide: This concise, easy-to-use curriculum is designed for use with high school seniors, most of whom will be eligible to register to vote during their senior year. It is suitable for use with students of diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Lessons cover a range of topics: attitudes toward voting; voting as a "rite of passage" to adulthood; becoming a contributing member of society; and the struggles for voting rights waged by African Americans, women, and young people.
Click here to view the First Vote Teacher's Resource Guide online. (Requires Acrobat Reader)
Adventures in Law and History
Published by: Constitutional Rights Foundation,
Grade Level: Upper-Elementary
This new, two-volume curriculum provides upper-elementary
teachers with motivating materials for teaching about law and effective
citizenship. The lessons, set in American historical eras, engage students
in cooperative-learning activities, role plays, simulations, readers theater,
stories, and guided discussions, which introduce and reinforce law-related
and civic education concepts and skills.
Created in collaboration with upper-elementary teachers, both volumes are designed to meet the educational needs of a multi-cultural student population; emphasize basic, cognitive, and social-skill development; and promote the positive involvement of students in their schools and communities. Both illustrated volumes of this innovative curriculum feature step-by-step teaching procedures, reproducible worksheet and activity masters, lessons linking the historical and law-related content to the present, and service-learning opportunities.
Adventures in Law and History I: Native Americans,
the Spanish Frontier, and the Gold Rush
With units on rules and laws, property, and authority
Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure
Author: Charles M. Wetterer
Published by Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Grade Level: 6 and up
The Fourth Amendment: Search and Seizure explores the ways in
which the Fourth Amendment has affected American citizens throughout the
years. With the advent of new and improved technologies, such as
cellular telephones and the Internet, the Supreme Court has had to decide
how these things affect the application of the Fourth Amendment.
The Fourth Amendment brings the constitutional amendments to life
through the use of personal stories and examples, supports a U.S. government
curriculum and brings history into a contemporary context, and each book
contains chapter notes, a further reading list and an index.
[This book is part of a larger series "The Constitution" available from Enslow Publishers. They include, The Eighteenth and Twenty-First Amendments; The Fifteenth Amendment; The Fifth Amendment; The First Amendment; The Fourth Amendment; The Nineteenth Amendment; The Second Amendment; and The Thirteenth Amendment.]