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Access M/J Civics and Career Planning   (#7821023)

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Access Courses: Access courses are intended only for students with a significant cognitive disability. Access courses are designed to provide students with access to the general curriculum. Access points reflect increasing levels of complexity and depth of knowledge aligned with grade-level expectations. The access points included in access courses are intentionally designed to foster high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities.



Access points in the subject areas of science, social studies, art, dance, physical education, theatre, and health provide tiered access to the general curriculum through three levels of access points (Participatory, Supported, and Independent). Access points in English language arts and mathematics do not contain these tiers, but contain Essential Understandings (or EUs). EUs consist of skills at varying levels of complexity and are a resource when planning for instruction.

General Notes

Career and Education Planning – Per section 1003.4156, Florida Statutes, the Career and Education Planning course must result in a completed, personalized academic and career plan for the student, that may be revised as the student progresses through middle and high school; must emphasize the importance of entrepreneurship and employability skills; and must include information from the Department of Economic Opportunity’s economic security report as described in Section 445.07, Florida Statutes.  The required, personalized academic and career plan must inform students of high school graduation requirements, including diploma designations (Section 1003.4285, Florida Statutes); requirements for a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship; state university and Florida College System institution admission requirements; and, available opportunities to earn college credit in high school utilizing acceleration mechanisms.  For additional information on the Middle School Career and Education Planning courses, visit http://www.fldoe.org/academics/college-career-planning/educators-toolkit/index.stml.

Career and Education Planning Course Standards – Students will:

1.0  Describe the influences that societal, economic, and technological changes have on employment trends and future training.

2.0  Develop skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career information.

3.0  Identify and demonstrate processes for making short and long term goals.

4.0  Demonstrate employability skills such as working in a group, problem-solving and organizational skills, and the importance of entrepreneurship.

5.0  Understand the relationship between educational achievement and career choices/postsecondary options.

6.0  Identify a career cluster and related pathways through an interest assessment that match career and education goals.

7.0  Develop a career and education plan that includes short and long-term goals, high school program of study, and postsecondary/career goals.

8.0  Demonstrate knowledge of technology and its application in career fields/clusters.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies.  For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SS.pdf.

For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at sala@fldoe.org.

Additional Instructional Resources:
A.V.E. for Success Collection is provided by the Florida Association of School Administrators: http://www.fasa.net/4DCGI/cms/review.html?Action=CMS_Document&DocID=139. Please be aware that these resources have not been reviewed by CPALMS and there may be a charge for the use of some of them in this collection.

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Course Number: 7821023
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Abbreviated Title: ACCESS M/J CIV & CP
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 6,7,8

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Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Judicial Review: Brought to You by Marbury v. Madison:

Learn about the famous Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison, which established the principle of judicial review. In this interactive tutorial, you'll examine the details of the case and its important legacy in American history.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Evaluating Constitutional Rights:

Explore several landmark cases of the Supreme Court to see how the Court's decisions have impacted the rights of individuals and society throughout American history in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Exploring The First Amendment:

Learn about the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment--religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition--in this interactive tutorial hosted by "Bill" O. Rights!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Differing Democracies: Parliamentary and Presidential Systems :

Learn about 2 different types of democracies. You'll compare and contrast presidential and parliamentary systems of government using the examples of the United States and the United Kingdom.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Government: A "Systematic" Approach:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Federal Government: The Three Branches in Action :

Examine the powers and processes of the three branches of our federal government. In this interactive tutorial you'll learn what Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court really do. Enjoy!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

We Have 3 Governments?:

Review federalism - the division of power into federal and state governments - and learn about an entirely different level of government: local government. You'll learn about the county and municipal governments closest to your everyday life! In this interactive tutorial, you'll also complete practice exercises to check your knowledge.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

International Conflicts: 1961 to Present:

Learn about 5 international conflicts involving the United States from 1961 to the present, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Iraq War. For each, you'll learn how the conflict began and how the U.S. responded. You'll also complete practice exercises in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Sunshine State Government:

Explore the state government of Florida and learn how its three branches are modeled after the federal government in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Influencing Government:

Identify the impact of individuals, interest groups, and the media on monitoring and influencing the government of the United States in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Constitutional Amendments: The Expansion of Democracy :

Learn about 6 crucial amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  These amendments ended slavery, ensured equal rights for all citizens, and guaranteed voting rights to women, African Americans, and other minority groups.  

This interactive tutorial is a companion to "Do You Have an Eraser?" Amending the Constitution.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Understanding Rule of Law:

Learn about one of the most important principles in our American democracy: rule of law.  You'll explore this important concept and learn about its application to a famous Supreme Court decision: United States v. Nixon.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Election Time in Tutorial Town:

Learn about the election process, register to vote, and participate in a mock election to pick the mayor of Tutorial Town!

This interactive tutorial is a companion to Evaluate the Candidates: Who Will You Choose?

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Evaluate the Candidates: Who Will You Choose? :

Learn how to evaluate candidates running for political office. You'll play the role of a voter choosing between 2 candidates running for mayor of your town!

This interactive tutorial is a companion to Election Time in Tutorial Town.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Show Your Citizenship!:

Learn about the rights, obligations, and responsibilities of citizens of the United States in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Three Branches: Check Yourself!:

Explore the workings of the 3 branches of the U.S. federal government, with an emphasis on the checks and balances that allow our government to achieve a proper separation of powers.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Trial by Jury: You Decide!:

Simulate the experience of serving on a jury and deciding a case in this interactive tutorial!  Learn all about trial by jury and why it's such an important part of our society--as well as an obligation of citizenship.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Great Debate: Federalists vs. Anti-Federalists:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text…

In this interactive tutorial, you'll become familiar with the viewpoints of the 2 groups on opposite sides of the great debate over the U.S. Constitution: Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Know Your Rights: Examining the Bill of Rights:

Analyze all 10 Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn not only about the rights and freedoms guaranteed by each, but also the limits of those rights.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Finding Civic Solutions:

Learn about responsible citizenship and how you might make positive changes in your own community.  This interactive tutorial can help answer the questions: What can individuals do on their own to make change? When can your government help?  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

What's Law Got to Do with It?:

Explore the sources and types of laws in the American legal system as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Where Have All the Scrub-Jays Gone?:

Investigate the limiting factors of a Florida ecosystem and describe how these limiting factors affect one native population-the Florida Scrub-Jay.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Comparing Constitutions: Florida vs. the United States:

Explore the similarities and differences between the federal Constitution of the United States and the state Constitution of Florida.  With this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn about our system of federalism and how it's expressed in these Constitutions.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

International Conflicts: 1914-1975:

Learn about 4 international conflicts in which the United States was involved between 1914 and 1975: World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  For each conflict, you'll learn how and why the U.S. became involved and what the outcome was as you complete this interactive tutorial.

Click HERE to open the companion tutorial, "International Conflicts: 1961 to Present."

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Yes or No to GMO?:

Learn what genetic engineering is and some of the applications of this technology. In this interactive tutorial, you’ll gain an understanding of some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of genetic engineering. Ultimately, you’ll be able to think critically about genetic engineering and write an argument describing your own perspective on its impacts.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Britain vs. America: What Led to the Declaration of Independence:

Learn why Great Britain and her 13 American colonies experienced severe conflict during the years 1763 to 1776.  By the end of this time span, Britain and America were at war, and the Declaration of Independence had announced the United States of America as a brand new nation, no longer colonies of Britain.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Citizenship:It All Starts Here!:

Learn all about citizenship in the United States of America:

  • What citizenship is;
  • How the U.S. Constitution and laws define who is a citizen;
  • How some Americans have citizenship from birth;
  • How others became U.S. citizens through a process called naturalization.

 

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"Do you Have an Eraser?" Amending the Constitution:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

This interactive tutorial teaches you all about the process of amending--changing--the United States Constitution.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Foreign and Domestic Policy :

Learn about the United States' foreign and domestic policy.  You'll also "take an international flight" to see how the U.S. conducts foreign policy abroad with the help of the State Department in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Analyzing the Declaration of Independence :

Learn how to analyze the ideas, complaints, and language found in the Declaration of Independence, one of the most important documents in the history of the United States with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Understanding the Preamble :

Analyze the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution - line by line, word by word. You'll be a Preamble expert by the end of this interactive tutorial!  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

International Organizations:

Learn about the international organizations with which the United States government and its citizens are involved. You'll learn about intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the United Nations.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Party On: Political Parties in America:

Learn all about political parties in the U.S., including what they are and how they function in our political system with this interactive tutorial. You'll learn lots about the two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, and also about third parties and what it means to be a political "independent."

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Journey Through Justice: Our Federal Courts:

Learn about the different levels of our federal judicial system, from federal district courts all the way up to the one and only Supreme Court.  Along the way, you'll learn in detail about the landmark Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines, which set an important precedent for students' right to free speech in schools.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Arguing Mars :

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to identify a speaker’s argument or claim. You will also learn how to evaluate the evidence and reasoning presented in a speech.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Supreme Court and Equal Rights: Two Famous Cases:

Learn how the decisions of the United States Supreme Court have affected the equal rights of Americans. In this interactive tutorial, you'll also learn the outcomes and impacts of two famous cases.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

From Confederation to Constitution:

Learn about The Articles of Confederation--our nation’s first written constitution--with this interactive tutorial. Identify its major weaknesses and their consequences, and explain the reasons why America's Founding Fathers replaced the Articles of Confederation with the government we still use today, the U.S. Constitution.  

Type: Original Student Tutorial

The Three Branches of Government:

Learn how to identify the three branches of the federal government as established by the Constitution of the United States. With this interactive tutorial you will also be learn to identify the structure and function of each branch of government. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Which Government Is Which?:

Compare and contrast different forms of government, including democracy, socialism, communism, monarchy, oligarchy, and autocracy. In this interactive tutorial, you'll begin to develop your own ideas about why different governments exist in certain places.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Enlightenment Ideas and the Founding Fathers:

Learn how Enlightenment ideas like separation of powers, natural law, and the social contract influenced the Founding Fathers and their design of the United States Government in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

We Have Two Governments?:

Understand how and why American citizens are governed by two governments which share power: the federal government of the United States and the government of the state in which they live.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Colonists: What Were They Thinking?:

Learn how famous documents influenced the views of American colonists when they sought their independence from Great Britain and formed their own government. In this interactive tutorial you'll learn about the Magna Carta, the English Bill of Rights, the Mayflower Compact, and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

How Are Laws Made?:

Learn how a bill, an idea for a law, becomes a law with this interactive tutorial. You will see how bills are passed by Congress and signed into law by the President, how all three branches of government play a role in determining the laws of our land, and how this process ensures that our laws are fair and can withstand the tests of time.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Tutorials

The President as Commander in Chief:

Learn about Article II, Section II of the U.S. Constitution and the president's role as the commander in chief in this tutorial video provided by Khan Academy and the National Constitution Center.

Type: Tutorial

The Birth of the U.S. Constitution:

Learn about the birth of the U.S. Constitution in this tutorial video by Khan Academy and the Aspen Institute. You'll learn why the Constitution was needed and what its famous Preamble means. Referred to as a "bundle of compromises," the Constitution sought to create a government based on separation of powers and checks and balances.

Type: Tutorial

History of the Democratic Party:

Learn about the history of the Democratic Party, the party of Jackson, Wilson, FDR, and LBJ, in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. From its early roots in the era of Thomas Jefferson to the present day, the Democratic Party has played an integral role in shaping the government, policies and history of America.

Type: Tutorial

History of the Republican Party:

Learn about the history of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, Hoover, Eisenhower, and Reagan, in this tutorial video by Khan Academy. From its early roots tied to Alexander Hamilton to the present day, the Republican Party has played an integral role in shaping the government, policies and history of America.

Type: Tutorial

The Supreme Court: Brown v. Board of Education:

Learn more about the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. This case was a pivotal moment in the struggle for racial equality in America.

Type: Tutorial

Freedom of the Press: New York Times v. United States:

View a documentary about the First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. You'll review the historic origins of these rights and then go into detail about the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in New York Times v. United States, the Pentagon Papers case. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Habeas Corpus: The Guantanamo Cases:

In this tutorial, you will view an outstanding video on the meaning and history of habeas corpus: the law that prevents a person being held in jail or prison without being able to hear and contest the charges being brought against them. You'll then learn about 4 recent Supreme Court cases where habeas corpus has been called into question in the context of the global war on terror.

Type: Tutorial

A Conversation on the Constitution: Brown v. Board of Education:

In this video, you will hear from Supreme Court Justices O'Connor, Breyer and Kennedy as they recount the landmark Supreme Court decision on the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954. This case was instrumental in the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement and to desegregating public schools in America. The video also include discussion of a key event that followed the Brown v. Board ruling, specifically that of the nine students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957, a group known as the Little Rock Nine. Enjoy this conversation on the Constitution!

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Tax Man Max -- Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about taxes: what they pay for and why citizens have an obligation to pay them.

Type: Tutorial

Checks and Balances:

In this tutorial, enjoy a short video describing how checks and balances work in our government! Our system of government is based on "checks" by each branch of government on the power of the others. In fact, the entire reason for this system is to prevent any one branch of government from becoming too powerful.

Type: Tutorial

A Call to Act: Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.:

In this tutorial, you will learn more about an important Supreme Court case called Ledbetter v. Goodyear. Enjoy this video about Lilly Ledbetter, whose fight for equal pay for equal work eventually involved all three branches of government. This case has lasting effects, even today. Enjoy this video!

Type: Tutorial

Federalism:

In this tutorial, you'll enjoy a short video on that "3 layer cake" we call federalism. This system essentially divides the responsibilities of government into 3 (local, state, federal), based on what would be most effective for citizens at each level.

Type: Tutorial

House and Senate:

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video clip about the role and function of our Congress. Do you know who represents you? Our legislative branch is bicameral - which means there are two houses of Congress, and each has a different perspective as they make laws for the greater good of our nation. Enjoy this short video on the House and the Senate.

Type: Tutorial

Who Can Be A Member of Congress? :

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video clip that reviews the qualifications and requirements to serve in Congress. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Search and Seizure: Mapp v. Ohio :

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video to learn more about the constitutional protection that prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. To do this, you'll examine a landmark Supreme Court case, Mapp v. Ohio. Dollree Mapp stood up to police who tried to enter her home without a search warrant. This act led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that limited police powers. This video explores the Fourth Amendment protections and the Court's ruling that evidence illegally obtained by police is not admissible in state courts. Enjoy!

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Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company :

In this tutorial, you will review the importance of trial by jury as a part of our judicial process. Attorneys routinely argue to have potential jurors rejected based on a juror's biases. But what if the attorneys want a juror rejected on their race?

This video describes how an African American construction worker's personal injury lawsuit against his employer evolved into a landmark jury selection case on the Sixth Amendment right to an impartial jury. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a Landmark Case called Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Co. that under the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause, parties in civil cases cannot use race-based peremptory challenges to reject potential jurors. Enjoy!

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Bureaucracy: A Controversial Necessity:

In this tutorial, you'll gain a better understanding of how our executive branch works, specifically the Cabinet and the agencies that make up the federal bureaucracy. Learn about how these executive departments and agencies affect our daily lives in many ways. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

One Vote:

In this tutorial, you'll view a brief video clip about the importance of voting. As citizens of the United States, it's our civic responsibility to vote! From this clip, you will see that sometimes even just one little vote can make a big difference!

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Citizen Participation:

In this tutorial, you will review the responsibilities of American citizens.  There are lots of ways to get involved and participate as a citizen: writing letters or emails to your representatives, voting in local, state, and national elections, or even volunteering in your community or for political campaigns.  Our democracy depends on citizen participation!  

Type: Tutorial

Korematsu and Civil Liberties:

In this tutorial, you will view a video that explores the landmark Supreme Court case Korematsu v. U.S. (1944). This documentary examines one of the most controversial executive orders in American history and the constitutionality of such domestic policies. Enjoy taking this journey through American history and examining the constitutional rights that our Supreme Court weighs in its decisions!

Type: Tutorial

Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause:

In this tutorial, you'll view a video about the 1886 Supreme Court case Yick Wo v. Hopkins, which set important precedents for protecting the rights and equal protections of immigrants and citizens alike. Enjoy this quick journey through American history that examines how the 14th Amendment expanded rights of all Americans!

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Argument Wars:

In this tutorial, you'll be able to utilize your legal knowledge and persuasive skills by representing clients and posing arguments based on previous landmark Supreme Court cases! Test your knowledge on Brown vs. Board of Education, Gideon vs. Wainwright, Miranda vs. Arizona, and many more! Will you select the correct information and win your case? Good luck!

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People's Pies:

In this tutorial, you will have the chance to create your own national budget! You'll need to acquire the funds from government programs and decide which people will benefit most from your program. Can you handle this stressful job and keep the citizens happy? Good luck!

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Immigration Nation:

In this tutorial, you'll explore the various paths to citizenship in the United States. Help "Liberty Belle" determine which people are entitled to citizenship and which ones aren't. Whether it's someone seeking refugee status in America, someone marrying an American citizen, or someone obtaining a job in the States, you'll determine the different reasons immigrants travel to the U.S. Good luck!

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Represent Me!:

In this interactive tutorial game, you'll get the chance to be a representative working for the people of your city. The people who voted you into office come from all different backgrounds, and they want you to pass specific bills that will positively impact them. Can you meet all of their needs? Good luck!

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Representative Numbers:

In this tutorial, you'll enjoy a brief video on how Congress represents the American population. What does that mean? It means that today, each U.S Congressperson represents approximately 650,000 of his or her constituents. That's a big number! Watch this video to learn more.

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The Bill of Rights:

In this tutorial, you will review the purpose of the Bill of Rights. While watching this brief video, ask yourself these questions: Why did our Founding Fathers believe that a Bill of Rights was needed? How does it both protect citizens and limit the federal government? Enjoy!

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How a Bill Becomes Law:

In this tutorial, you will review the law-making process and how a bill becomes a law. Fun Fact: Did you know less than 10% of bills become law? Learn more as you watch the video! Enjoy!

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Courts in the Classroom:

In this tutorial, you'll take an interactive journey through our legal system! Explore landmark Supreme Court cases, examine some of the amendments of the Constitution, and compare criminal cases to civil cases. This is a one stop tutorial all about Civics, our courts, and the Constitution! Enjoy!

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Criminal vs. Civil Court Cases:

In this tutorial, you will learn all about the legal system and examine the difference between criminal court cases and civil court cases. Put your knowledge to the test and take the Student Challenge at the bottom of each page. Best of luck!

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Make Your Case:

In this tutorial, you will simulate the trial process and the role a jury plays. As one of the attorneys in a case, it's important that you learn the facts, prepare your defense, and examine the evidence and testimony. Enjoy this journey through our legal system, and may the best counsel win!!

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Committees:

In this tutorial, you will view a short video that reviews how committees in Congress work to organize the bills that can be sent forward in either house (the House of Representatives or the Senate) for further review and voting. Enjoy this short video about Congressional committees as they work for you!

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Constitutional Principles - Consent of Governed:

In this tutorial you will view a short video on the constitutional principle of "consent of the governed." This principle was established by Enlightenment thinkers and influenced our Founding Fathers' ideas about government. Enjoy this brief review of this important concept!

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No More Kings! - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about the 13 colonies' separation from England. Enjoy this musical review about the colonists' grievances against King George III.

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How a Bill Becomes a Law - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about how a bill becomes a law. Enjoy this musical review of the legislative process!

Type: Tutorial

Checks and Balances - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to a classic animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about checks and balances in our government. Enjoy this musical review!

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The Constitution at Work:

In this tutorial, you will test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution! Challenge yourself with a matching activity to explore various primary source documents that span the course of American history and learn about their connections to the Constitution. Examine how these documents link to many of the great ideas found in the Constitution. Good luck!

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Citizens Unite!:

In this tutorial video you will learn what it takes to be a good citizen! Follow Paul and Francis as they meet the ghost of James Madison and learn the basics of citizenship and the different things citizens can do to participate in our democracy and our local communities. Enjoy!

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The Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution:

In this tutorial, learn the real meanings of the different sections of the United States Constitution! You'll have a chance to click on all the parts of the Constitution--the Preamble, the Articles and the 27 amendments--and read the original text and a user-friendly summary that will help you understand the Framers' intentions. This tutorial is a one-stop shop. Enjoy!

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Branch-O-Mania:

In this tutorial, you will use your knowledge about our federal government and the Constitution to help Ben classify the enumerated (expressed/delegated) powers granted to each of the three branches. Ben needs to collect the items as they drop and sort them by branch: legislative, executive or judicial. Can you help Ben sort these powers? Good luck!

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Political Parties and Conventions:

In this tutorial, you will be able to review how the United States' two-party system was formed and the role of political parties in American government. This PowerPoint presentation will allow you to explore America's two dominant political parties, the Democrats and Republicans, the role of third parties in determining the outcomes of national elections, and the purpose of national conventions. Enjoy this review!

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What's Your Constitution IQ? Quiz:

In this brief tutorial game, you will test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. You'll answer multiple choice questions about the branches of goverenment and the Bill of Rights. How many questions can you get right? Good luck!

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The Enlightenment Thinkers:

In this tutorial game, you will put your knowledge of Enlightenment thinkers and ideas to the test! Match the famous philosophers, such as John Locke and Montesquieu, to the ideas of theirs that helped influence the Founding Fathers of the United States.

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FAQs: Juries:

In this tutorial, you will have the opportunity to view several short video segments about juries. You'll hear from constitutional experts, lawyers, and judges who discuss juries and jury service. Jury duty itself plays a significant role in our democratic society and was established by our Constitution. Explore topics related to juries and jury service such as the history of juries, what to expect as a juror, the value of jury service, and much more. Learn and enjoy!

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Facts of Congress: Amendments :

In this tutorial, you will view a short animated video on amendments to laws. A significant part of the legislative process involves amending (changing) laws and policies so that they are in the best form possible before being signed by the president and followed by citizens. Take time to consider this lesser-known part of how a bill becomes a law. Enjoy!

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Constitution Preamble - Schoolhouse Rock:

In this tutorial, you can watch and sing along to an animated Schoolhouse Rock video all about the Constitution's Preamble. If you have trouble viewing the video, click the 'full screen' option.

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Court Quest:

In this tutorial, you will become an expert on the levels and powers of our court system. In this educational game, players advise citizens searching for justice in the levels of our court system: local, state, and federal courts. Our Constitution established a federal system of government, with some courts administered by states and others by the federal government. Learn which types of cases go to which types of courts! Good luck!

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Win the White House:

In this tutorial game, you will be running for the office of President of the United States! But it's not that simple--you've got to plan your campaign, decide on platform issues, select a campaign manager, and much more. Hurry--time is running out. We need a new leader, and that leader just might be you! Good luck!

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Celebrate the Constitution Game:

In this tutorial game, you will challenge your knowledge of what the U.S. Constitution says and means. Drag and drop each of the titles to the appropriate section of the U.S. Constitution as listed. And here's the best part - you can play multiple times to see different questions and really test yourself! Good luck!

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Branches of Power:

In this tutorial, you will act as a Secret Service Agent and restore the "branches of power" that Oppressor Sam, the country's ruler, has cut down.  Review your knowledge of the functions and powers of our three branches while putting our government back together! But be careful: wrong answers could lead to Oppressor Sam taking over forever!  Good luck!

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Citizenship:

In this interactive quiz, you will test your knowledge of the responsibilities and obligations of citizens. There are 50 questions; how many can you get right? Enjoy this review, and good luck!

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The Preamble Scramble:

Practice your knowledge of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution by playing The Preamble Scramble! This interactive game has you put the words of the Preamble in the right order like puzzle pieces.

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Seize the Vote!:

In this tutorial, you will engage in an interactive game to test your knowledge of voting rights! This interactive game is for 1-4 players who compete to see who can move all their voters to the polls first! Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Help Restore the Bill of Rights!:

In this tutorial, you will be given a mission to restore (put back together) the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. In this game, you will be asked to identify different rights and protections as listed in the Bill of Rights in order to put it back together and reclaim freedom for all Americans! Good Luck!

Type: Tutorial

Activate:

In this tutorial game, you will select a community-based issue to research and support in an effort to fix and/or make it better. You can gather supporters and raise awareness of your issue on the local, state, and national levels. In the United States, citizens have both responsibilities and duties - or things they should do and things they are required to do. This simulation will allow you to explore the responsibilities of a good citizen - but beware! Make sure that the choice you make truly benefits your community. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

We the Jury:

In this tutorial game, you will participate as a "juror" in a mock trial. You will have to utilize your knowledge about our court system and the trial process to deliberate and reach a verdict with your fellow jurors. Good luck, and make the right choice!

Type: Tutorial

The Bill of Rights Match Game:

In this tutorial/game, you will test your knowledge of the Bill of Rights! The object of this interactive game is to identify the rights that are protected by the Bill of Rights based on the scenarios presented. How many will you get correct?

Type: Tutorial

Federalist or Anti-Federalist?:

In this tutorial/game, you will test your knowledge of the viewpoints of the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. These two groups had many heated debates over what exactly our new Constitution should look like and how the new American government would work. See how many you can get correct!

Type: Tutorial

Branches of the Federal Government :

In this tutorial/game, you will challenge your knowledge of the three branches of the federal government! See if you can correctly identify the powers and structures of each of these branches as the questions appear. How many will you get right?

Type: Tutorial

Seven Principles of the U.S. Constitution:

In this tutorial, you will view a brief but informative video that explains the seven underlying principles of the U.S. Constitution. These seven principles include: checks and balances, federalism, individual rights, limited government, popular sovereignty, republicanism, and separation of powers. Enjoy this review!

Type: Tutorial

Executive Branch People:

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video segment about the executive branch of the federal government. This clip examines the roles, powers and functions of the President, Vice President, and the Cabinet. Enjoy this clip!

Type: Tutorial

The Executive Branch:

In this tutorial, you will view a brief video segment that explores the role of the President, his Cabinet, and the processes of the executive branch. Enjoy this clip!

Type: Tutorial

Constitution Board Game:

In this tutorial, you will challenge your knowledge about the U.S. Constitution. Roll the dice, move along the board and answer questions in order to determine how much of a "Constitutional Scholar" you really are! How many will you get correct?

Type: Tutorial

Executive Command:

In this tutorial, you will assume the role of the President of the United States! Do you have what it takes? In order to carry out these duties, you will have to use your multitasking skills to consider which bills to sign, how to conduct diplomatic meetings and how to skilfully handle a military crisis in this interactive game. Good Luck!

Type: Tutorial

Freedom of Expression:

In this tutorial, you will view a video explaining how the failures of the Articles of Confederation led to the creation of our federal Constitution. You will learn how the Constitution was created and ratified, and how the resulting Bill of Rights led to the protection of certain freedoms - like our right to express ourselves. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Bill of Rights:

In this tutorial, you will view a video from the National Constitution Center that examines the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution. This video identifies the reasons that led to the writing of the Bill of Rights and discusses the ratification process required to add these amendments to the Constitution. This video also examines how the Bill of Rights affects students like you!

Type: Tutorial

The Constitutional Convention:

In this tutorial, you will view a video about the Constitutional Convention of 1787 - when the Founding Fathers of our nation wrote the U.S. Constitution. This presentation explains who these "Framers" were, what their ideas meant, and what federalism and the separation of powers mean to us. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Presidency:

In this tutorial, you will view a video that explores the importance and history of the American presidency and the executive branch, provided by the National Constitution Center. This video contains great clips and highlights from recent presidential elections, as well as important information about the Constitution. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Legislative Branch:

In this tutorial, you will view a video about the legislative branch, provided by the National Constitution Center. This video will provide you with a behind-the-scenes look at how laws are made in Congress. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances:

In this video, you will view a brief clip that explains the separation of powers among the legislative, executive and judicial branches of our federal government. This video will review the details of the Watergate Scandal, checks and balances and rule of law. Enjoy this clip!

Type: Tutorial

Overview of the Legislative Process:

In this tutorial, you will watch a short video from Congress.gov that provides an overview of the lawmaking process. The focus is on the similarities and differences of the two houses of Congress and their role in crafting legislation (laws). This the first in a 9-part series of short videos, so if you like this one, you can view them all in sequence!

Type: Tutorial

Causes of the American Revolution:

This PowerPoint presentation explains how English policies and American colonial concerns led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence.

Type: Tutorial

Constitution 101: An Introduction & Overview to the U.S. Constitution:

This PowerPoint presentation explains the branches of the federal government created by the U.S. Constitution. It also describes the intentions of the Preamble, checks and balances, the struggle to ratify the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and other amendments.

Type: Tutorial

Becoming the President:

In this tutorial, you will watch a brief video segment about the constitutional qualifications that a candidate must meet in order to be elected as the President of the United States. This presentation also explores the roles political parties, conventions, the Electoral College, and citizens play in presidential campaigns and elections. Enjoy this review!

Type: Tutorial

Law Craft:

In this tutorial, you will get to create a "new identity" as a congressman or senator and compete against other members of Congress as you attempt to craft a bill with the hopes of it becoming a law! Listen to the wants and needs of your constituents and see if you can turn a bill into a law. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Inventing the American Presidency:

When the founders of the United States gathered to create the political foundation of our country, they decided on three branches of government, with an elected president central to the executive branch. This audio/visual presentation explains what led to the decision to create the presidency and the issues that were debated.

Type: Tutorial

A 3-Minute Guide to the Bill of Rights :

Americans take for granted their rights secured by the Constitution. Our basic protections are known as the Bill of Rights. This short video concisely provides information on exactly what the first ten amendments grant each and every American citizen.

Type: Tutorial

How is Power Divided in the United States Government?:

Separation of powers and checks and balances are hallmarks of the United States Constitution. Government was divided to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful. View this informative audio-visual presentation as it breaks down each branch and its constitutional powers.

Type: Tutorial

The Bill of Rights: Interactive Quiz:

In this interactive tutorial game, you will put your knowledge of the Bill of Rights to the test! You will view a series of short videos and then answer multiple choice questions about the origins and impact of the first ten amendments. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

The Making of the American Constitution:

This short video shows you how a meeting intended to revise the Articles of Confederation instead led to the formation of a new Constitution for the United States. Discover how a handful of Founding Fathers--working in sweltering heat and shrouded in secrecy--changed the course of history in Philadelphia in 1787.

Type: Tutorial

A Conversation on the Origin, Nature, and Importance of the Supreme Court:

In this tutorial video, Chief Justice John Roberts and a group of students discuss the Supreme Court: its history, how it selects and decides cases, and the role of an independent judiciary. You will learn about the constitutional powers of the courts, the role of judicial review, and a landmark Supreme Court case. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

That's Your Right :

In this tutorial game, you will compete in an interactive card game based on the rights and protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. You will review and challenge your knowledge of the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Federal Law :

In this tutorial, you will view a video explaining how federal laws are made. Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Pete Sessions explain the complex process of "how a bill becomes a law" to the students in their audience. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

The Role of the Courts:

In this tutorial, you will view a series of short videos about our judicial branch. In these videos, concepts such as separation of powers, judicial review, and checks and balances are discussed and explained by real judges. You will also be introduced to several landmark Supreme Court cases that have impacted American society and law. Enjoy!

Type: Tutorial

Constitution: The Game:

In this tutorial game, you will be given scenarios and direct quotations from the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the other constitutional amendments and will sort them into their correct categories while being timed. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to test your knowledge of the content and language of the Constitution. Points are awarded for correct answers and fastest times! Good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Sortify: U.S. Constitution:

In this tutorial game, you will sort "tiles" with facts and scenarios concerning the U.S. Constitution into labeled "bins." The purpose of this exercise is for you to become familiar with your Constitution and the government it establishes. Points are awarded for correctly sorted tiles – good luck!

Type: Tutorial

Civil Liberties: Safeguarding the Individual:

In this tutorial, your knowledge and opinions of civil rights will be tested against three real-world Supreme Court cases. For each, you will learn the facts of the case and form an opinion about the civil rights at stake, and then compare your views to the actual ruling of the Supreme Court. You will learn how the Constitution protects (and limits) the rights of individuals in our country!

Type: Tutorial

Branches of Power:

This tutorial game will give you the chance to "play" the roles of the three branches of government. Rather than simply learning about each branch in isolation, you will control each branch and learn how they interact. The goal is to move public policy issues from ideas to fully formed laws with the collaboration of all 3 branches.

Type: Tutorial

Cast Your Vote:

In this tutorial, you will use your personal interests to drive a mock political debate. You will have the opportunity to select questions in the debate, rate the candidates' responses, and vote for the candidate of your choice. This is a great opportunity for you to weigh in as a citizen and participate in the democratic process!

Type: Tutorial

Do I Have a Right? Bill of Rights Edition:

In the Bill of Rights edition of Do I Have a Right?, you run a law firm that specializes in constitutional law, specifically the rights protected in the Bill of Rights. Clients bring various complaints, and you must identify if they "have a right." As you successfully resolve cases by matching clients with the correct attorneys, your law firm will grow along with the skills of your lawyers.

Type: Tutorial

Do I Have a Right?:

In this tutorial game, you will run a law firm that specializes in constitutional law. Your clients will bring you various complaints, and you must identify if they "have a right." "Prestige" will be awarded to your firm for correctly identifying your clients' rights and for winning their cases!

Type: Tutorial

Supreme Decision:

In this tutorial game, you will cast the deciding vote in a mock Supreme Court case. You will hear the background of the case, listen to the oral arguments, and help the final justice make up her mind in order to decide the outcome of the case! After completing this tutorial, you will better understand how judges make decisions, the power of judicial review, and the freedoms and limits contained in the First Amendment.

Type: Tutorial

Video/Audio/Animation

A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution:

This 3-part video from Mount Vernon details the struggles that led delegates from the 13 colonies to hold a Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. At this convention, under the leadership of George Washington, the delegates rejected the Articles of Confederation in favor of a new, stronger federal government. After the Constitution's ratification, Washington become the new nation's first president.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

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