The Founders' Library: Thinking as a Founding Father

WEB LESSON Eli J. Lesser's lesson is designed to introduce students to the US Constitution. The lesson includes civic knowledge, active citizenship, and democratic deliberation.The Founders' Library refers to the prior knowledge the Founding Fathers brought to the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Students will examine these ideas and use them to analyze the Constitution and Bill of Rights. At the same time, students will be considering ideas and information that relate to their own lives.

"Vote or Veto: How Does Religion Affect Candidates And Voters?"

WEB LESSON In this lesson written for PBC Frontline, students learn about the constitu-tionality of religious tests for office. They then consider if the electorate imposes an "unofficial" religious requirement to hold office. After students explore the role of religion in presidential elections they evaluate their own attitudes concerning the role of religion in U.S. elections

Separation of Church and State: Four Case Studies

WEB LESSON: This is a teachable moment for study and discussion of the First Amendment and the religiously tinged politics of our time. Church/state issues have recently dominated the news: disputes over the teaching of evolution, efforts to make a constitutional issue of gay marriage, senatorial battles over federal appeals court appointees, and the perennial Roe v. Wade issue. This set of activities help students explore the issue of church and state, beginning with a True-False quiz to stimulate student interest in the First Amendment. Reading 1 offers an historical overview of the First Amendment. Reading 2 provides four case studies for student examination and role-playing.