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Election and Propaganda Lessons

This is a great time of year to use teachable moments in your curriculum. You can integrate election issues into current events, math, civics and social studies, history, life skills, and other areas. Here are some of the best resources I have found. Please feel free to send me your own by clicking on my name on http://www.reacheverychild.com/alan.html

Election Videos

A great collection on all aspects of voting and elections past and present.

http://www.watchknow.org/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=election

Teachable moments

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/teachable-moments.html

 

Propaganda

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/propaganda.htm

Elections

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/election08.html

Prepare your students to vote

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/election.html

Voting sites

http://www.reacheverychild.com/socialstudies/civics/voting.html

Get Ready to Vote

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/elections.html

Presidential Links

Check out the mock voting sites. Excellent and involving. Also make sure you order materials from VoteSmart. Non-partisan, easy to read, and in many languages.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/presidents.html

 

Civics

http://www.reacheverychild.com/lessonplans/plan7.html

And

http://www.reacheverychild.com/socialstudies/civics/index.html

Contributions to candidates

http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapApp.do

Contributions by Zip Code

http://www.opensecrets.org/

And

http://www.opensecrets.org/states/index.php

General Sites

C-Span

c-spanclassroom.org

New York Times Learning Network

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/civics

The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov

Banned Book Lists and Lessons

by Alan Haskvitz

http://www.reacheverychild.com/alan.html

The power of the writing word has caused a great many legal cases challenging the First Amendment. A discussion about these cases and the books involved is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the legal process and see different viewpoints.

What I especially like about this topic is that shows how society’s values change over time and enables students to develop an appreciation for standing up for one’s rights. As always preview these resources with the child and parents in mind. And there is a need to explain to the students that a banned book and a challenged book are not the same. As always, follow the directions of your administration.

Teachers and the Law

Legal cases that all educators and parents should know about.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/teacher_law.html

The American Library Association Page

Includes a list of frequently banned books plus ideas and resources and a calendar of events.

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm

Books Suppressed by Legal Authorizes

For older students. Really quite interesting to see the differences in various countries as well as in the past.

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/banned-books.html

History of Book Banning

http://www.freedomtoread.ca/links_and_resources/bannings_and_burnings.asp

Recent censorship

Includes banned books and authors.

http://banned-books.com/bblist.html

Banned Children’s Books

Includes Goosebumps, My Brother Sam is Dead, Gulliver’s Travels, and

Harriet the Spy among others

A link page for older students

http://www.booksatoz.com/censorship/banned.htm

Classic books that have been banned.

http://classiclit.about.com/od/bannedliteratur1/Banned_Books_Censorship.htm

Banned book and censorship resources

For older students

http://www.georgesuttle.com/censorship/

The Controversy over Harry Potter

http://www.kidspeakonline.org/fighthp_zeeland.html

How to deal with Censorship in Schools

Includes ideas and links.

http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr031.shtml

Lesson Plans

http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=410

When Books Burn

Lessons and Links

http://www.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/burnedbooks/

Reasons to teach about banned books

http://step.evergreen.edu/tescind/censorshiplesson.htm

Banned Book Webquest

http://education.iupui.edu/webquests/books/banned.htm

Webquest for older students

http://www2.gvsu.edu/~zoellmee/webquest/

Election Lesson Plans and Resources

By Alan Haskvitz

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

These election themed sites have lessons and materials for all levels on all aspects of the government. I suggest you bookmark this site for use in future elections.

The list has been moved here due to space concerns. All free.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/election08.html

 

 

Famous Supreme Court decisions

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

Studying these cases and learning about the Constitution are essential parts of most every grade level curriculum. These sites provide a diverse array of teacher friendly lessons that can be used or changed to reflect the appropriate learning level.

Supreme Court decisions that deal with teaching.

A must read for all educators.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/teacher_law.html#2

The Supreme Court site

As dull as can be with sophisticated materials hidden if you use the search engine. If you can’t fall asleep visit this site.

http://www.supremecourtus.gov/

A terrific site with all the major Supreme Court decisions and lesson plans available.

http://www.landmarkcases.org/

A link site to many lessons about the Supreme Court and its decisions

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/lessons/grades/?u=186

Constitution Day resoruces

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/constitution.html

Evolution and the Law

This resource has many links to this continuing legal discussion.

http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/evo/blevo_law.htm

Religion in Supreme Court decisions

http://www.col-ed.org/cur/sst/sst110.txt

Students’ rights under the law

Very good for getting interest in this subject

http://www.freedomforum.org/packages/first/Curricula/EducationforFreedom/L08main.htm

And

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/october01/supremecourt/

Jim Crow laws and the Constitution

Relates to Civil Rights through the ages.

http://www.jimcrowhistory.org/resources/lessonplans.htm

A very simple interactive site about the Court

http://universe.uiwtx.edu/%7Enewcomb/projects/Venables/court/Intro.htm

Nice site with useful graphics on checks and balances.

http://www.cyberlearning-world.com/lessons/oct6usg.htm

A valuable stie that has a long list of decisins and simple explanations of them. A good place to find cases for a debate.

http://www.law.duke.edu/publiclaw/supremecourtonline/

The Constitution Center

This search engine has a lot of good resources.

http://tinyurl.com/2uj7zh

Supreme Court Historical Society

Some good materials, but too sophisticated for elementary.

http://www.supremecourthistory.org/05_learning/05.html

Thurgood Marshall

http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/thurgood-marshall-makes-a-difference-lesson-plan/

And

http://www.tolerance.org/teach/activities/activity.jsp?cid=128

Congress for Kids

A variety of lessons for younger students

http://www.congressforkids.net/games/judicialbranch/2_judicialbranch.htm

Hear actual Supreme Court cases

Very interesting site

http://www.oyez.org/

Find Law

This huge site enables students to find information about all types of cases. Teachers need to use site to find materials. Too difficult for younger students.

http://www.findlaw.com/

African American related cases

http://www.watson.org/%7Elisa/blackhistory/contents.html

Constitutional Rights Foundation

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/constitution-resources.html

Center for Civic Education

http://www.reacheverychild.com/socialstudies/civics/public.html

Learning with themes

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Themes offer an interesting way to integrate lessons and give students more in-depth opportunities to pursue learning. The following sites contain a variety of ideas, but are best used as a starting place for your own ideas. You should adapt them for your classroom, as some sites are too simple for some learners and overly complicated for others.

They are posted here by topic
http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/themes.html

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