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Jordan Manuel

firstamendmentcenter.org: Welcome to the First Amendment Center Online - 1 views


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    • Jordan Manuel
       
      I would use this site to provoke debate among my students over the issues involved in First Amendment rights.
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    • Jordan Manuel
       
      This site is valuable for many reasons, but also it provides some intriguing lesson plans for all ages of students.
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    A resource for study of the First Amendment. Offers a wealth of info on past and current first amendment issues.
Elliot Borg

Learn About Congress: Interactive Learning Modules - 3 views

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  • the typical textbook process with the more realistic "dynamic" process, and you will see how our untidy process
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  • This module illustrates ways in which Americans can participate in the democratic process, and highlights individuals who have made a difference by getting involved
    • Elliot Borg
       
      Many of these links correspond with instructional goals. Social studies classes are supposed to make students into informed citizens, so teachers could find "The importance of civic participation" very useful.
    • Elliot Borg
       
      I would find this site very useful for teaching an American government class. It is a useful supplementary site to show how our principles of government as found in the Constitution manifest themselves today.
  • Developed for students as well as the general public, these interactive learning activities are designed to give you a fresh perspective on how the United States Congress works, your role in the process, and peoples' perceptions about Congress. To open the modules, click the graphic.

    • Elliot Borg
       
      This site provides links to other organizations or foundations that have created lessons. They also have state standards and lesson plans for teachers to use as guides.
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    This site explores various aspects of current political life (E.g. criticism of Congress, how Congressional members decide to vote, how the legislative process works, etc) via interactive links for students to explore for themselves
kyleassad

Constitution of the United States - Official - 0 views

    • kyleassad
       
      This website is provided by the National Archives as an "online exhibit" allowing teachers to provide a simulated in person walk through of the Constitution exhibit.  While it does not list sources on the main page, linked articles include bibliographic notes, and the page is provided by the U.S. Government's National Archives, which in itself is a credible source.
    • kyleassad
       
      I could use this site during a civics course, especially for the specialized study of the constitution.  I could print an oversized hi-res image to have children touch and interact with, as well as the online availability allows them to continue research on their own.  
    • kyleassad
       
      Based on the criteria from UC Berkeley, I find this site both incredibly useful, and also a great resource for any social studies teacher covering the US Constitution.   It is both credible, engaging, and ample in it's supplementary information regarding the constitution.

      In addition to being a map nerd, I am a Constitution nerd, and this site is awesome.  
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    Provided through the National Archives, an "online exhibit" of the Consitution.  It includes high resolution images, links to related sources, articles, and information.  Provides THE primary source for the study of the Constitution, the Constitution itself!
Laura Wood

Civics Lesson Plans - 17 views

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    AWESOME civics and citizenship lesson plans. High school level but very cool. Lots of stuff where you apply Rousseau's theories to paintings from the 60's etc. Lots of multimedia type fun stuff. Love them. A part of the "Youth Leadership Initiative"
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    Unfortunately, the four that I clicked on are dead links now. This site has not been updated.
Debbie Moore

Recovery.gov - 1 views

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    This is the site that the government has created to provide the average citizen with information regarding the "stimulus plan," which is actually called the Recovery Act. I must warn you that it is NOT an exciting site; however, it is useful if teaching government or making comparisons with other economic crises. For example, there is a ticker that is updated regularly and displays the number of jobs that have been created or saved from the money provided by the stimulus package. One can track awarded funds and used funds by state, project or recipient. For example, in Washington, DC approximately 2300 jobs have been created or saved and American University was awarded and received about 2.5 billion dollars from the recovery act. As I said, it is not exciting but certainly informative.
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    Ooops. Make the 2.5 MILLION not BILLION.
Laura Wood

Civic Participation and Citizenship Collection - 2 views

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    Goldmine!

    Annotated Civics Website Collection.
    Links to some fantastic civic resources - with brief descriptions of each. A nice collection of current issues, civic procedures and ESOL resources. Also some interesting websites about civics for folks with limited resources/incomes - hmmm . . .
Laura Wood

Area Man Passionate Defender Of What He Imagines Constitution To Be | The Onion - Ameri... - 2 views

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    This article is hilarious and should ABSOLUTELY be used in US Government to point out WHY students should learn the Constitution.

    Oh. Onion. How dear you are to my heart!
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    Someone showed that to me last night and I laughed so hard! The Onion is so funny.
Laura Wood

DC Vote - 1 views

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    DC voting rights are the PERFECT way to get DC students engaged with politics and government. As one student told me, "nothing gets students motivated like being pissed off."

    One of the teachers that I'm working with has folks from DC Vote come into her classroom and teach about the history of DC voting rights (the 23rd amendment and all) and then has students do a project on it. It gets them heated and it's critically important for them to know about - more than just a license plate!

    Also, you might consider using Sweet Honey in the Rock's "No Taxation Without Representation" which outlines the entire history of DC voting rights and potential avenues for action in song. ;-) As they were a crucial part of the civil rights movement this might be a nice tie in of history and current events.

    From the website:
    "Founded in 1998, DC Vote is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress and full democracy for the more than half a million residents of the District of Columbia. DC residents pay full federal taxes, fight and die in wars and serve on juries yet are denied voting representation in the House and the Senate. DC Vote is working to end this injustice."
Laura Wood

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools - 1 views

  • Civic Education on the Daily Show!
    • Laura Wood
       
      "In early March, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart featured former Supreme Court Justice (and current CMS co-chair) Sandra Day O'Connor discussing the importance of the civic mission of schools. Click to watch the video."
    • Laura Wood
       
      My thesis draws heavily from this report. It's fantastic.

      "Written and endorsed by more than 50 scholars and education practitioners, The Civic Mission of Schools report summarizes the status of and need for civic learning in schools, kindergarten through 12th grade. It analyzes trends in American political and civic engagement; identifies promising approaches to educating students for democracy; and offers recommendations to educators, policymakers, government officials and funders."
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    From the website:

    "The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools is a coalition of over forty partner organizations working to improve civic education in America's schools. The Campaign's goal is to increase and improve civic learning in grades K-12 by working for policies that implement the recommendations of the Civic Mission of Schools report. This includes efforts to bring about changes in national, state, and local education policy."
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    They also have civic lesson plans under resources and a toolkit for advocating for the civic mission of schools which I, personally, think is critically important in this age of education for economy, and such.
Laura Wood

What Kids Can Do - 4 views

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    • Laura Wood
       
      From the website:
      "Based in Providence, R.I., What Kids Can Do (WKCD) is a national nonprofit founded in January 2001 by an educator and journalist . . . they felt an urgent need to promote perceptions of young people as valued resources, not problems, and to advocate for learning that engages students as knowledge creators and not simply test takers. Just as urgent, they believed, was the need to bring youth voices to policy debates about school, society, and world affairs.

      Using the Internet, print, and broadcast media, WKCD presses before the broadest audience possible a dual message: the power of what young people can accomplish when given the opportunities and supports they need and what they can contribute when we take their voices and ideas seriously. The youth who concern WKCD most are those marginalized by poverty, race, and language.

      On this website, WKCD presents young people's lives, learning, and work, and their partnerships with adults both in and out of school. Our community of readers stretches from youth organizers in some of this country's toughest urban areas to policy makers at the national level. We believe that a good story well told crosses geographies, generations, class and race, and position.

      Our publishing arm, Next Generation Press, honors the power of youth as social documenters, knowledge creators, and advisors to educators, peers, and parents.

      WKCD is a grant maker, too, collaborating with youth on multimedia, curricula, and research that expand current views of what constitutes challenging learning and achievement.

      Starting in 2006, WKCD began working with youth worldwide. WKCD has become an international leader in bringing the promise of young people to the attention of the adults whose encouragement can make all the difference."
  • Youth in Policy: Civics2
    • Laura Wood
       
      Here they have collected various articles about how youth around the country and around the globe have been actively involved in policy making and shaping. This may be great to get teachers and students started thinking about project ideas or to inspire students (and teachers!) that students really can make a difference.
  • Want to bring public attention
    to your work? WKCD invites
    submissions from youth and
    educators worldwide.
    • Laura Wood
       
      ARG! My diigo isn't working at all. Very frustrating. I have to highlight stuff four times and then add the comments in on this page. Technology is not my friend this week.
    • Laura Wood
       
      So if you do a rad civics project with your students, students can then write an article about what they did and send it in to WKCD. They will then put it up on this cite and your students will have something to be uber proud of. This is another reason to make sure you photo document rad projects.
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  • Kids on the Wire
    • Laura Wood
       
      Similarly, one of the links on this page is to news articles from around the country where kids are making a difference. A teacher might assign students to check out some of the ways that students are getting things done and getting noticed in order to inspire kids, get their creative juices flowing, etc.
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    Articles on what kids in the US have done politically, with pictures!

    Collected by a journalist and an educator.
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    This is the organization run by the author of "Fires in the High School Bathroom." As the only permanent staff are journalists and web designers (and the staff is tiny!). I believe they just collect and make available student stories (as well as apparently offering grants!) rather than actually participating or spearheading any projects themselves. They do publish works every so often - I believe collections of the things students have done.
Laura Wood

Center for Civic Education Home - 2 views

    • Laura Wood
       
      Daily 60 second podcast!
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      Also, you can search previous podcasts to find ones that have to do with your specific lesson. Listening to the Podcasts could be a "Do now" activity or an activity at a station students rotate through.
  • Daily civics quiz
    • Laura Wood
       
      Daily 1 question civics quiz! These questions are not always about post Constitutional US. Some of the questions that I have seen had to do with Enlightenment thinking, the middle ages, ancient Greece, etc.
    • Laura Wood
       
      Mission Statement From the site:

      The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.

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      The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
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    • Laura Wood
       
      "Resources" contains lesson plans for various grade levels, online resources, links to other organizations, etc.
    • Laura Wood
       
      The cite largely correlates to the classroom text: "We the People"
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    So this may be my favorite organization ever. They have an international branch, a branch in DC and a branch in California. They have a daily civics quiz on the the website and a daily 60 second civics podcast . . . I'm in <3.
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    I'm just overwhelmed. I want to work at this organization . . . so many incredible incredible programs, teacher trainings, professional developments, etc. Lynn Cohen worked with Civitas in Bosnia.
Erin Power

Landmark Supreme Court Cases - HOME - 0 views

    • Debbie Moore
       
      This site is useful in helping students understand how a case proceeds through the court system as well as learning specific information of landmark cases. Activities such as role play and moot court are engaging and provide students with an opportunity to gain a new perspecitve about issues.
  • This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case.
  • The general teaching strategies include moot court, political cartoon analysis, continuum exercises, and Web site evaluation.
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    This site was designed to provide resources for teaching landmark supreme court cases. It is orgnanized by cases or concepts. One can also find a variety of applicable activities for the classroom.
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    This website highlights landmark Supreme Court cases and includes short activities that can be used by teachers to help their students understand them.
Adrea Lawrence

Learn How to Run For Office - Take Your Activism to the Next Level! - 0 views

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