Exploring the Constitution
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Grades: 6 - 12

Focus Area Description:  Investigate constitutional principles, provisions, and processes and their application in court decisions, legislation, and daily life with scholars, historians, political scientists, and those who apply the Constitution in their practice.

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To see sample videos in this area of the collection, click any of the titles below:

New February 2023! Influences on the Founding Fathers on Creating the Role of Chief Executive

Other Samples:
Analyzing the Shelley v. Kraemer Housing Rights Case
Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
Analysis of the Dissents in Miranda v. Arizona
A Discussion of Tinker v. Des Moines, Its Impacts, and Implications

Quick Ideas for Using our Exploring the Constitution Videos:

  • Use the videos as a conversation starter for a class discussion on a topic, event, or person linked to your study of the Constitution.
  • Use the videos with journal prompts for students to write about as they respond to/reflect on content included in the video.
  • Use the videos in class to provide first person insights from experts as you and your students study the Constitution, American Government, or related topics.
  • Use the videos with lesson plans you create that have students research a particular concept/principle of the Constitution and develop a presentation for the class that presents their learning and includes video clips with expert analysis/explanation of that concept.
  • Provide the videos for students to view independently to gain insights into the Constitution or to satisfy their own curiosity/interest in the topic.
  • Use the videos related to the First Amendment with lesson plans you create that have students research an important Supreme Court case mentioned in one of the videos to learn more about the case, the reasons for the decision, its impact on people’s lives, etc.
  • Have students use the videos as resource material to help them develop their answer to the topic: “What the Constitution Means to Me.”
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a Constitution-related subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.