Standard 2: Evaluate the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens, and determine methods of active participation in society, government, and the political system.

General Information
Number: SS.7.C.2
Title: Evaluate the roles, rights, and responsibilities of United States citizens, and determine methods of active participation in society, government, and the political system.
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 7
Strand: Civics and Government

Related Benchmarks

This cluster includes the following benchmarks.

Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Independent

SS.7.C.2.In.a
Identify that a citizen is a legal resident of a country and recognize that people become citizens by birth or naturalization.
SS.7.C.2.In.b
Identify obligations of citizens, such as obeying laws, paying taxes, and serving on juries.
SS.7.C.2.In.c
Describe the responsibilities of a good citizen, such as registering and voting and keeping informed about current issues.
SS.7.C.2.In.d
Identify the rights of individuals in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.
SS.7.C.2.In.e
Identify the rights of individuals in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.
SS.7.C.2.In.f
Identify the purpose of a jury in a trial.
SS.7.C.2.In.g
Describe the voting process for selecting leaders in the school or community.
SS.7.C.2.In.h
Identify the current political parties in America.
SS.7.C.2.In.i
Identify the qualifications of candidates for a political office.
SS.7.C.2.In.j
Identify how the media and people influence government.
SS.7.C.2.In.k
Identify how the media and people influence government.
SS.7.C.2.In.l
Recognize a problem in the local community and the appropriate governmental agency to respond to that problem.
SS.7.C.2.In.m
Identify different perspectives on current issues.
SS.7.C.2.In.n
Engage in a service project to further the public good, such as at school, community, or state levels.

Supported

SS.7.C.2.Su.a
Recognize that a citizen is a legal resident of a country.
SS.7.C.2.Su.b
Recognize obligations of citizens, such as obeying laws, paying taxes, and serving on juries.
SS.7.C.2.Su.c
Identify the responsibilities of a good citizen, such as voting and keeping informed about current issues.
SS.7.C.2.Su.d
Recognize the rights of individuals in the Bill of Rights.
SS.7.C.2.Su.e
Recognize the rights of individuals in the Bill of Rights.
SS.7.C.2.Su.f
Recognize the purpose of the jury in a trial.
SS.7.C.2.Su.g
Identify how to vote for a leader in the school or community.
SS.7.C.2.Su.h
Recognize the current political parties in America.
SS.7.C.2.Su.i
Recognize that candidates run for a political office.
SS.7.C.2.Su.j
Recognize that the media and people can influence government.
SS.7.C.2.Su.k
Recognize that the media and people can influence government.
SS.7.C.2.Su.l
Recognize a problem in the local community and an authority to respond to that problem.
SS.7.C.2.Su.m
Recognize different perspectives on current issues.
SS.7.C.2.Su.n
Assist with a service project to further the public good, such as at school, community, or state levels.

Participatory

SS.7.C.2.Pa.a
Recognize a person who is an American citizen.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.b
Recognize an obligation of citizens, such as obeying laws.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.c
Recognize a responsibility of a good citizen, such as voting.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.d
Recognize a right of citizens guaranteed by law.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.e
Recognize a right of citizens guaranteed by law.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.f
Recognize a right of citizens guaranteed by law.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.g
Recognize that people can vote to select a leader in the school or community.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.h
Recognize that there are political parties in America.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.i
Recognize a political office.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.j
Recognize that the media influences people.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.k
Recognize that the media influences people.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.l
Recognize an authority to respond to a problem.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.m
Recognize a point of view on current issues.
SS.7.C.2.Pa.n
Participate in a service project to further the public good, such as at school, community, or state levels.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this topic.

Lesson Plans

Understanding Issues Through Multiple Perspectives:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students learn about public and current issues from multiple perspectives and will also consider how these perspectives might shape participation in the political process. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will identify groups that influence public perspectives.
  • Students will use scenarios to understand the reaction or perspective of different groups.
  • Students will examine how multiple perspectives shape participation in the political process.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

Media and Political Communication:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students understand and analyze how bias, symbolism, and propaganda are used in media and political communication. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will use scenarios to identify bias, symbolism, and propaganda.
  • Students will evaluate how bias, symbolism, and propaganda can impact public opinion.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

Monitoring and Influencing Government:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students learn about and evaluate ways in which the media, individuals, and interest groups monitor and influence the government. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will identify the methods used by interest groups to monitor and/or influence the government.
  • Students will identify the methods used by the media to monitor and/or influence the government.
  • Students will evaluate the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on the government.
  • Students will identify and evaluate methods of influencing and/or monitoring government.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

Candidates and Elections:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students learn the requirements to run for political office and evaluate candidates based on additional qualifications. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will identify the constitutional requirements to run for federal political office.
  • Students will recognize the requirements to run for state and local political offices.
  • Students will be able to analyze and/or evaluate the qualifications of candidates for public office based on their experience, platforms, debates, and political advertisements.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

Political Parties in the United States :

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students learn about the current political parties in the United States, understand their ideas about government and evaluate the impact of these parties on society, government and the political system. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will compare current political parties' ideas about government.
  • Students will evaluate the impact political parties have on society, government, or the political system.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

The U.S. Constitution and Individual Rights:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students will learn how the U.S. Constitution limits and safeguards individual rights. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will recognize that rights are protected, but not unlimited.
  • Students will examine rationales for limited individual rights.
  • Students will use scenarios to examine the impact of limits on individual rights on social behavior.
  • Students will examine the role of the judicial branch of government in protecting individual rights.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

What it means to be a citizen:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students learn what it means to be a citizen and how citizenship obtained. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will define citizenship as stated in the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • Students will describe the process of becoming a naturalized citizen.
  • Students will evaluate the impact of the naturalization process on society, government, or the political process.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

Rights in The U.S. Constitution:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students will learn what is in the Bill of Rights, what rights the Bill of Rights and other amendments protect, and how the Bill of Rights influences both individuals and society. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will recognize that the Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Students will recognize the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
  • Students will evaluate how the Bill of Rights influences individual actions and social interactions.
  • Students will use scenarios to identify rights protected by the Bill of Rights.
  • Students will use scenarios to recognize violations of the Bill of Rights or other constitutional amendments.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

Understanding the obligations and responsibilities of citizens:

In this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship (FJCC) students will understand the obligations and responsibilities of citizens. Learning goals are based on the benchmark clarifications for the aligned standard.

  • Students will distinguish between an obligation or duty and a responsibility as it relates to citizenship.
  • Students will recognize the concept of the common good as a rationale for fulfilling the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizenship.
  • Students will evaluate the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizens as they relate to active participation in society and government.
  • Students will examine the significant contributions of citizens to a democratic society.
  • Students will use scenarios to assess specific obligations of citizens.
  • Students will identify the consequences or predict the outcome on society of citizens who do not fulfill their citizenship responsibilities.
  • Students will evaluate the impact of civic participation on society, government, or the political process.

This resource includes a lesson plan, a “Civics on Demand” video for teachers that provides an introduction to the aligned standard, FJCC created civics assessment items and additional resources.

To access this resource, teachers will need to sign-in to the FJCC website when prompted. Creating an account is free.

Type: Lesson Plan

U.S. Immigration with Mixed Citizenship Families:

In this lesson developed by the PBS documentary series POV (Point of View), students will explore how the United States' immigration policy affects families with mixed citizenship status. They will first discuss the challenges faced by a mixed-status family when U.S. immigration authorities schedule undocumented parents to be deported. Students will also explain how the circumstances of such families could impact the United States politically, socially and economically. Finally, they will analyze public policies that address the needs of mixed-status families.

This lesson features a clip from the film Sin País (Without Country), a documentary that tells the emotional story of a family with members of mixed citizenship status who separate when the undocumented parents are deported from the United States and their teenage children stay behind to continue their education.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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

Tutorials

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

Type: Tutorial

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

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Right to Remain Silent: Miranda v. Arizona:

This documentary explores the landmark Supreme Court decision in Miranda v. Arizona, which said that criminal suspects, at the time of their arrest but before any interrogation, must be told of their Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination and Sixth Amendment right to an attorney. This is an important case that strengthened the protections of the accused in our nation.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Student Resources

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

Original Student Tutorials

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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

Tutorials

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

Type: Tutorial

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

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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!

Type: Tutorial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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