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Recommendations

Information about three types of recommended websites are provided here. Sister websites are those connected to Annenberg Classroom. Best Civics Websites are organizations that have excellent content for civics education. Most of the resources are free. Critical Thinking websites provide useful information for students who are researching topics such as legal rights, immigration, and the environment. The summaries include information about the websites' content, their founders, funding and political leanings.

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Lesson Plans

Most of these lessons are based on Annenberg Classroom videos. Teachers may contact info@annenbergclassroom.org to get the Teacher’s Key for the lesson plans. Teachers will also find lessons for teaching critical thinking skills.

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Teaching the Constitution

Use this guide to find videos and games that connect to the articles and amendments in the Constitution. Also available as a PDF to download and print.

The Origin and Nature of the Constitution

Separation of Powers

Three Branches of Government

Article I: The Legislative Branch

Article II: The Executive Branch

Article III: The Judicial Branch

The Amendments and Landmark Cases

First Amendment: Freedom of Speech, Religion, and Press

Fourth Amendment: Freedom from Unreasonable Search and Seizure

Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Amendments: Juries and Trials

Sixth Amendment: Right to a Speedy Trial, Impartial Jury, Confrontation of Witnesses, and Counsel

Fourteenth Amendment: Due Process, Equal Protection, and Discrimination