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“Dude, Our Rules Came from These Old Documents?!”
As students rotate through learning stations, they analyze the Magna Carta, Mayflower Compact, and the English Bill of Rights. Students interpret the historical documents and draw conclusions as to how these docuemnts have influenced the U.S. system of government.
A Tale of Two Constitutions
This lesson is a comparison between the Bill of Rights from the United States and the Bill of Rights from Texas. By the end of the lesson, students will have an opportunity to discover how the understanding of the two constitutions can give them a brighter future, being more confident in their rights as citizens. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and generate conversations guiding them to deepen their thinking about both constitutions.
This lesson was designed by Elicia Josselet and Nancy Reed at William J. Winkley Elementary in Leander Independent School District of ESC Region 13. The Lesson Observation (video) was taught by Elicia Josselet to 18 students in the 2020 spring semester.
Voices from the Trail of Tears
In this lesson, students will learn about the implementation of the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears. Students will engage with primary and secondary sources to build a comprehensive understanding of the events.
What? Can You Really Say That?
Students will examine several items related to the First Amendment and respond to the teacher-created questions. Student groups will present their conclusions to the class.
Students will be able to apply their knowledge of the principles of the U.S. Constitution in relation to the events and issues of Andrew Jackson’s Presidency, explain if the principles were demonstrated or violated, and justify their reasoning.
PES of the West!
: Students will analyze primary sources, images, and speeches to form opinions about causal relationships and compare and contrast those opinions with historical documents.
Students will use prior knowledge to interpret and infer from the optic “American Progress”. Students will link the images and information to the time period and communicate effectively about those conclusions.
Constitutional Grievances and Modern Day Solutions
Students will correlate current events to constitutional grievances and create modern solutions.
Teach Them How to Say Goodbye: George Washington’s Farewell Address
Students will critically read a primary source in order to identify and explain the impact of Washington’s Farewell Address.
The War of 1812
Students will be involved in a simulation of the War of 1812 on a map, its causes, events, and effects.
Is the Federal Government Stepping on Our Toes?
Students will identify and analyze the constitutional principle of federalism and the major role it played in the Civil War in regards to the United States government.
How the Constitution Mends the Heart After the Breakup: Declaration of Independence
Students will identify ways in which the U.S. Constitution addresses specific grievances enumerated in the Declaration of Independence.