M/J Peers as Partners in Learning   (#1400025)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

This course is designed to provide reciprocal academic and social benefits to students with disabilities and their peers without disabilities.  Students enrolled in the course will learn and apply knowledge and skilled practices in the areas of academic engagement, communication, social barriers, leadership, problem solving, and other disability-related topics such as historical perspectives, inclusion, Universal Design for Learning, person-first language, presumed competence, equitable services for students with disabilities, and media representation of diverse people.

The content and concepts should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Know and understand the legal and human rights of people with disabilities and their families.
  • Understand and apply the concepts of confidentiality and self-determination.
  • Understand historical events and aspects of disability and their influence on current attitudes, beliefs, and practices.
  • Build awareness and understanding, through research and communication, of disability rights issues in the local community and beyond.
  • Apply methods for problem-solving and advocacy (including self-advocacy for students with disabilities).
  • Apply knowledge and strategies to promote learning for people with disabilities, in inclusive settings, through academic, communication, physical and social supports.
  • Facilitate meaningful peer relationships in and out of school.
  • Understand and facilitate team and cooperative learning skills among all students.
  • Contribute to the concept of civic responsibility by researching and communicating information about equitable services in a democratic society.
  • Design and implement one or more projects to demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of course content and concepts.
  • Assess and evaluate the impact of course efforts on self and others.

This course should be taught using the appropriate standards/benchmarks for the grade.

General Information

Course Number: 1400025
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: M/J PEERS/PART LRNG
Course Length: Multiple (M) - Course length can vary
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: State Board Approved

Student Resources

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

Original Student Tutorials

CER: Writing a Great Paragraph:

Learn how to write a great "CER" paragraph that includes a claim, evidence, and reasoning with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Interpreting Political Propaganda:

Unlock the language of political propaganda and learn about bias and symbolism in propaganda with this interactive tutorial. 

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

Happy Halloween! Textual Evidence and Inferences:

Cite text evidence and make inferences about the "real" history of Halloween in this spooky interactive tutorial. 

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

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

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.  In this interactive tutorial, you'll learn 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

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: Plessy vs. Ferguson and Brown vs. Board of Education.

Type: Original Student 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

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!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism:

This tutorial from Cornell University includes the what, why, how, and when of documenting sources in a research paper. You will learn what plagiarism is, when and how to document sources, the difference between primary and secondary sources, and definitions of the following words: documentation, citation, and reference. Afterward, you will have a chance to identify correct and incorrect examples of proper documentation.

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

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