The New Nation

Free Press in a Constitutional Democracy


--Christine Lucianek
Students will acquire a deeper understanding of freedom of the press when they consider the context for its inclusion in the First Amendment and examine its implications in the Internet age.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806298.pdf

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Magna Carta at 800: Ten Key Questions Answered (Lessons on the Law)


--Howard Kaplan
As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta approaches, Lessons on the Law provides an overview of the “Great Charter” and identifies teaching materials to engage students.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806265.pdf

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Exploring the Legacy of Magna Carta with Students through Historic Images (Sources and Strategies)


--Stephen Wesson
The two featured portraits of Revolutionary-era writer John Dickinson next to a book titled “Magna Charta,” can launch an enlightening lesson on the thirteenth-century charter´s influence on America´s founding documents.
* http://socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7806/7806261.pdf

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Mapping Early American History: Beyond What Happened Where


--Andrew J. Milson
The three highlighted early American historical maps will provide students with important insight into the geographical understanding of people in the past and the implications of this limited knowledge.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7805/780514216...

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What Constitution Day Means and Why it Matters (Looking at the Law)


--Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Constitution Day offers an opportune time for students to explore the evolution of the founding document and examine its provisions for citizens’ rights and rules of government.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7804/7804160.pdf

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Encouraging Student Interest in the Economic Context of the Constitution with Continental Currency (Sources and Strategies)


--Lee Ann Potter
A close look at the featured currency issued by the Continental Congress can launch a lesson on the economic problems that preceded the drafting of the Constitution.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7804/7804157.pdf

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Strike up Student Interest through Song: Technology and Westward Expansion (Sources and Strategies)


--Meg Steele
The featured photograph and works of music can launch an engaging lesson on the ways that technological advancements influenced westward expansion.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7801/780107.pdf

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History Mystery Lessons: Powhatan Culture / Lewis & CLark


--Jana Kirchner and Carla Judd

The Pullout of the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of SSYL comprised two History Mystery Lessons: The first was about Powhatan culture, and included a clue sheet about life in a Native American village.

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Changing Faces: Your State Hero in the U.S. Capitol


--Dennis Denenberg
Each state has a statue of one of its notable citizens displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Learn about this collection, read your state hero's biography, and/or propose a new hero!

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