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Scholastic: Celebrate the Constitution

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/

Website Example: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=391

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector

Activity Description

Use this Web site to learn and practice using information about the constitution. Students can read short articles, take a quiz, and there are four lesson suggestions with printable handouts.

Preparation

  1. Review the site and choose the activities to use with your students. If you decide on a jigsaw reading activity or want to provide other scaffolding for reading the articles, you will need to prepare worksheets.
  2. The Constitution quiz  is also available in a printed format so at least some of this activity can also be done in a non-techy location.

How-To

  1. You might start by having students read the information found when selecting the Inside the Constitution button. There are four articles, so you could assign one group to each article and create a jigsaw reading activity.
  2. The Background section offers three articles, and links to read the actual constitution.
  3. Heroes of the Constitution contains seven short articles about the framers and about some current issues. This could also be a jigsaw reading assignment, or assign a group to report on each article.
  4. The Teacher Lesson Helper section provides three classroom activity suggestions with handouts. Although designed for children, the activities are appropriate for adults.
  5. Under Activities, the first activity is a quiz that can be used as the evaluative activity for this lesson.

Teacher Tips

  • Articles may be read online or printed as handouts.

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Levels

  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (5.2) Understand historical and geographical information
  • (5.5) Understand the functions of government

Basic Communication

  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.