Lesson Plans

Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech

Students will investigate national election stump speeches and then create their own.

Art of the American Soldier: Comparing and Contrasting Photography and Painting in War Art

Students will analyze artwork regarding the historical context of wars and conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
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For: Educators
Tags: History

Bill of Rights

Students learn about the specific rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, one of our nation's most important documents.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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Citizenship and Character: Moderation Finding the Balance

In this lesson, students will consider the value of moderation and personal self-discipline in the context of the Founders.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Destination White House

This lesson provides an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.

Fourth of July

This lesson explores the history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence and Independence Day.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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Free to Be You

This lesson helps students understand how the First Amendment establishes key freedoms of expression for Americans.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Getting to Know the Founding Fathers

Learn more about the signers of the Constitution with these Founding Fathers biographies.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
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Growing Up, American Style

This lesson helps students see how life has changed for children living in the United States, specifically with respect to child labor.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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Main Exhibition Student Guide: The Path to Responsible Citizenship

Explore the Center’s main exhibition and complete activities around the topic of responsible citizenship.

Presidential Progress Report

This lesson allows students to research and assess the actions of the president.

Prohibition Era Dinner Party

Learn about the roles of historical figures during the Prohibition era by taking on their identities for a dinner party.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
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Tags: History

Prohibition Pictionary

Use your skills to get classmates to identify and define which Prohibition era term you draw.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
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Tags: History

Prohibition SMART Board Activity

Learn about Prohibition through informational slides and activities using the SMART Board platform.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
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Tags: History

Rhythm, Rhyme, Results: Educational Rap Songs

Engage students through rap and hip-hop music with the Center’s partner, Rhythm, Rhyme, Results.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Tags: Government

Separation of Powers

This lesson shows students firsthand how the three branches of government work together through separation of powers and checks and balances.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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The Constitution Happened Here Lesson Plans

This innovative, interactive resource is designed to uncover the vast wealth of history in our local communities.

The Exchange: Are the Principles of the U.S. Constitution Reflected in Your School?

This lesson encourages students to review principles of the Constitution and compare it to their school system.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Can Government Prohibit Citizens from Owning Handguns?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of gun control from different points of view.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Is the Constitution colorblind?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of affirmative action from a variety of perspectives.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Should a Clean and Healthy Environment Be a Constitutional Right?

This lesson encourages students to look at the issue of climate change and environmental regulation from a constitutional perspective.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Should a Year of National Service Be Required for All Americans?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of compulsory national service from different points of view.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Should Same-Sex Couples Have the Right to Marry?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of same-sex marriage from different points of view.

Grade: 12, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Should Students’ Cyber Speech Be Protected Under the First Amendment?

This lesson encourages students to deliberate on the issue of cyber speech and the First Amendment.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Should the Government Make Sure That Every American Has Affordable Health Insurance?

This research and deliberation activity is designed to encourage students to look at the issue of health care reform from different points of view.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: Should the United States Reduce Immigration?

This research and deliberation activity is designed to encourage students to look at the issue of immigration reform from different points of view.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Exchange: When Should Increased Security Measures Outweigh Your Privacy Rights in School?

This lesson encourages students to deliberate on the issue of balancing privacy and security.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The Future of Race in America

Students will explore a hypothetical case about affirmative action and learn about landmark rulings like Gratz v. Bollinger.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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The History of Flag Day

This lesson encourages students to take a closer look at the American flag and its meaning.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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For: Educators
Tags: History

The History of Memorial Day

This lesson takes a closer look at the history of Memorial Day by examining World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War and their connections to this civic holiday.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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For: Educators
Tags: History

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Essay

Learn about the background of the 18th Amendment, the players in the movement, and its eventual repeal.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
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Tags: History

We the Civics Kids

This series of lessons teaches students about the election process and encourages them to be active citizens in their community.

We the Civics Kids Lesson 1: American Flavor: A Cultural Salad of Diversity

Lesson one looks at the contributions made by people from other countries who have come and made their homes here.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 2: The Constitution

Lesson two examines the Constitution as the foundation of our government.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 3: The Bill of Rights

Lesson three continues to develop the students’ understanding of the Constitution by examining the Bill of Rights.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 4: Principles of Justice and the Role of the Judiciary

Lesson four focuses on the principles of justice and the role of the judiciary.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 5: Point of View – School Uniforms

Lesson five provides opportunities for students to examine issues from different points of views.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 6: USA All Stars

Lesson six investigates the concept of leadership.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 7: Historical Figures and Activists

Lesson seven builds on the skills of previous lessons.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 8: Kid Power

Lesson eight celebrates student engagement.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the School

We the School is an innovative new form of student government created at Constitution High School in Philadelphia.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
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Where Will You Be on November 2?

In this lesson, students will consider the reasons that many Americans do not vote in national elections.

Who Said It? Quote Match

Learn about the differences between the Founders’ and Progressives’ beliefs about government by sorting quotes from each group.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
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Tags: History