This collection has lesson plans, multimedia links, teacher's guides, supplementary materials, assessment ideas, and much more. Topics covered include an overview of the types of government, the purpose of government, early governments (Ancient Athens and the Roman Republic), and major documents that contributed to the development of the democratic form of government in the United States. Teachers can pick and choose resources based on instructional goals and needs of the student population. 

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Recommended Enrichment Lessons to Support Core Content:
 
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Beyond the above recommended lessons, there are additional videos to support the core content and resources that provide a more in-depth look at issues related to foundations of government.

 

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An examination of Hobbes and Locke and their views on government.
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A lesson plan to help students understand the different types of government.
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Learn about democracy, oligarchy, and autocracy - the three main types of government.
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This lesson has students view video clips about democracy to learn about the characteristics of democracies.
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In this Structured Academic Controversy (SAC), students consider whether or not ancient Athens was truly democratic.
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A lesson plan that examines connections between the Roman Republic and the United States.
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This lesson provides students with an opportunity to participate in an in-depth analysis of the key documents that influenced the Bill of Rights.
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Who Said It: Quote Match

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In this document based question, students will evaluate the Founder's and Progressives' views on the subjects of human nature and the purpose of government.
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A lesson plan to help students understand the views of major political philosophers who impacted the development of modern day governments.
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A short video and lesson that examines democracy in Athens.
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America's Civic Values (ELL)

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

This lesson offers students the opportunity to reflect on the virtues the Founders considered fundamental to a free society. After reflecting on the meaning of these values, students will analyze situations where civic values can be exercised and identfy modern examples of those values in practice.
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This mini-lesson looks at two early governments that inspired the system that we have today: Athenian democracy, and the Roman Republic.
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A short video and lesson to introduce the basics of democracy.
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A comprehensive unit on the Constitution from the Georgia Virtual Learning program.
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Do democracies promote freedom? According to Prof. Aeon Skoble, it is definitely possible for democracies to promote freedom, but it is not a guarantee. This is due to a few flaws inherent in democratic systems: 1) Majority belief in something does not necessarily mean that it's true. 2) Majorities are capable of being just as tyrannical as kings. 3) Historically, democracies have elected tyrannical leaders. If freedom is the primary value of a society, democracy might still be of use so long as there are boundary conditions on the democratic process that protect the rights of the individual.
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Provides an introduction and overview of the Bill of Rights, including the Founders' understanding of the "rights of Englishmen," British law, and natural rights philosophy. This unit also examines the Federalist and Anti-Federalist debate about a bill of rights. 
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What Are the Origins of the Bill of Rights?

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In this lesson, students will explore the events and philosophies from British and colonial history that shaped the Founders' ideas about natural rights as well as the rights of Englishmen. They will also see how these rights affect all of our daily lives in a free society.
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