Teacher Lesson Plans
The lesson plans featured below grew out of a Constitutionally Speaking workshop attended by New Hampshire educators representing elementary, middle, high school, and university levels. Facilitated by Plymouth State University Professors Michael Kopish and Alison Wenhart, the July 13 program explored current research on “best practices” in civic education and the intersection of high quality instruction with the new Common Core Standards. With a blend of content and pedagogical knowledge, program participants worked independently or in small groups to produce lessons that engage students in analysis of the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court cases and legislation. The materials are aligned with the New Hampshire State Standards and Common Core Standards and are ready for classroom use.
Students' First Amendment Rights High School Lesson Plan for Grades 9 - 12
Teacher Study Guide and videos
Constitutionally Speaking has created "How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?" Twelve Lessons on the Nation's Founding Document and Its Application in 21st Century America. This collection of short videos addressing contemporary constitutional topics—along with an online study guide that provides detailed lessons plans and suggested readings for New Hampshire classrooms—are accessible on the website's new Video Gallery page.
May 4 Teacher Workshop Video
Constitutionally Speaking presented "Civic Literacy in Our Classrooms" on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the NH Institute of Politics and Political Library at St. Anselm College. This day-long symposium for K-12 Educators brought together educators, law professors, and attorneys to explore the contours of our Constitution and discuss ways in which it can be brought into our classrooms in meaningful and engaged ways. One of the highlights of the symposium was an hour long audience participation session with Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.
This teacher symposium was hosted by NH Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College, sponsored by the UNH Department of Education, and made possible by support from the NH Charitable Foundation, the Hoffman Family Foundation, the Badger Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, the Treat Foundation, and Paul and Sandra Montrone.
A Catalogue of Available Civics Resources
Many teachers committed to increasing civic literacy in their classrooms have voiced a common complaint: the problem is not a lack of materials, it is the ability to easily identify and access the resources appropriate for their grade levels. Several New Hampshire educators teamed up with Constitutionally Speaking to address that issue. Below is a comprehensive catalogue of websites valuable to teachers K-12, along with lessons, activities, and resources broken down by grade level.
Constitutionally Speaking is grateful to the following New Hampshire educators for developing this list:
Nancy Ancharski, Retired School Librarian, Franklin School, Keene
Art Pease, Retired Social Studies Teacher, Lebanon High School
Ellen Shemitz, Independent Legal Advocate and Nonprofit Consultant, Concord
Amy Vandersall, Social Studies Teacher, Exeter High School
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Concord, NH 03301