Lesson Plans

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Using Philosophers and the Declaration of Independence
by Patience LeBlanc - Sunday, March 17, 2019, 9:54 AM

Check out this lesson. Have students color code the Declaration of Independence, using the philosophy of Aristotle, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. 

How do you teach the Declaration of Independence?  Share a good strategy. 
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Powers of Government Lesson to Share
by Patience LeBlanc - Sunday, March 17, 2019, 9:51 AM

Constitutional principles can be difficult for our students. This lesson might help. Circle up your students and grab a ball of yarn.

Feel free to share lesson or strategies  you have on how to teach the principles of government. 

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Preamble Lesson
by Patience LeBlanc - Sunday, March 17, 2019, 9:49 AM

This is a new preamble lesson I created last summer with some fellow teachers in Texas. We love to share!  Check it out and feel free to leave any comments of lessons or strategies on how you teach the goals of the Constitution using the Preamble. 

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Thesis Research Survey–Social media driven polarization's impact on our day-to-day lives.
by Michael Mulry - Sunday, December 2, 2018, 9:25 AM

Hi everyone. I need your help…

I am collecting data to help identify the real-world impact of political polarization brought on by social media interactions. The data that I collect will be used for my Master’s Thesis to complete my degree in Political Science at American Public University. The ...

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by darcy white - Monday, November 26, 2018, 8:58 AM

Looking for ideas on Media Bias projects, whether public policy or Constitution, or election/electoral/politicking ...

Any ideas all?  I think  a media bias project would be a great scaffolding  activity, culminating in the public policy/media portions of class curricula...so, TOPICAL right now, and seemingly may stand the test of time with the changing era of our current democratic ideals and perceptions of democracy. 

Your thoughts???


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Voting in the Midterms 2018
by Maria Gallo - Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 1:10 PM

All elections are important, however, midterm election tend to be overlooked.   CCE had developed a brand new lesson on the topic of midterm election. Please feel free to download this lesson at the link below


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Federalism Yarn Activity
by Patience LeBlanc - Monday, October 8, 2018, 12:28 PM

Back by popular demand, I have attached the Federalism Yarn Activity lesson plan to this new discussion topic. Thanks to Texas Law-Related Education and Janie Worst for writing up the directions.  Hope others have fun with this creative way to teach Federalism and the powers of government.

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Independent Study Menu Boards for differentiation
by Patience LeBlanc - Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 7:21 PM

The independent study program allows students, in a survey class, to dig deeper into the historical content through research and presentation. In order to qualify, students must score 90 or above on a pre-assessment. Using the concept of menu boards, students choose topics and projects that ...

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Supreme Court in Practice
by anonfirstname228 anonlastname228 - Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12:40 PM

Looking to help student experience what it would be like to argue a Supreme Court case?  Check out this Supreme Court Simulation lesson. It includes links to sample cases from www.oyez.org 

Sample cases shown in the lesson include:  Fredrick v. Morse and Safford Unified School District v. Redding 

Unit 4, Lesson 25

(Edited by Patience LeBlanc - original submission Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12:40 PM)

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The Evolution of the Power of the Presidency
by anonfirstname176 anonlastname176 - Sunday, March 5, 2017, 12:27 PM

For the JMLP booster in Chicago this March, I outlined a unit plan for how to engage students in discussion about executive power.