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Constitutional Literacy Curriculum
Introduction
Many Americans know the preamble to the United States Constitution and the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. They also may be able to recite at least some of the enumerated Bill of Rights. But few know these documents are considered our Founding Documents, documents that carry equal importance in the creation and execution of our government. Even fewer understand the principles, history and philosophy surrounding the creation of these remarkable documents. To be an American is to understand and to have a reasonable commitment to the ideas in America's founding documents.

It is the mission of BasicsProject.org to make sure that every American is afforded the opportunity of understanding these remarkable documents, the covenant between citizen and the uniquely American form of government. We believe that through a greater understanding of the principles on which our government was built our citizenry will better understand that e pluribus unum the idea that we are out of many, one. Through our representative form of government and through the rule of law created by our Framers, common ground can be found and solutions can be crafted for each critical issue that may arise before the people of the United States. We believe that by understanding these invaluable tools bequeathed to us for our stewardship, we will successfully maintain and bequeath them, yet again, to future generations so the great American experiment can continue.

We invite educators and citizens alike to use our program.

Welcome to BasicsProject.org's Constitutional Literacy Curriculum Initiative.

The Charters of Freedom at The National Archives
The Declaration of Independence
The United States Constitution
The Bill of Rights
Declaration of Independence Modules
Part 1: The Precursors
Part 2: Supporters and Loyalists
Part 3: The Revolutionary War Erupts
Part 4: Further Examination of Why Congress Blamed Parliament and the King's Ministers for the Conflict
Part 5: Conflicting Theories About the Origin and Nature of American Freedom
Part 6: Support for Revolution Increases with King's Defiance
Part 7: An American Political Philosophy
Part 8: An Analysis of the Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation Modules
Part 1: The First Constitution of the Original Thirteen American States
The Constitutional Convention Modules
Part 1: An Examination of United States Fundamental Law
The Ratification Debate Modules
Part 1: The Challenges of Ratification
Part 2: Federalism
Part 3: Political Philosophy
Part 4: The Debate
The United States Constitution Modules
Part 1: Preamble
Part 2: Article I, Section 1
Part 3: Article I, Section 2
Part 4: Article I, Section 3
Part 5: Article I, Section 4
Part 6: Article I, Section 5
Part 7: Article I, Section 6
Part 8: Article I, Section 7
Part 9: Article I, Section 8
Part 10: Article I, Section 9
Part 11: Article I, Section 10
Article II
Article III
Article IV
Article V
Article VI
Article VII
 
 
The Bill of Rights Modules
Introduction
Amendment I
Amendment II
Amendment III
Amendment IV
Amendment V
Amendment VI
Amendment VII
Amendment VIII
Amendment IX
Amendment X
The Constitutional Amendments Modules
Amendment 11
Amendment 12
Amendment 13
Amendment 14
Amendment 15
Amendment 16
Amendment 17
Amendment 18
Amendment 19
Amendment 20
Amendment 21
Amendment 22
Amendment 23
Amendment 24
Amendment 25
Amendment 26
Amendment 27
Classroom Program

Our Constitutional Literacy for the Classroom program of study is a sequential classroom program designed to introduce Civic Education while merging the disciplines of Social Studies and Language Arts. Because each strand of Civics and Government Education, as suggested by the National Standards, is given equal attention, and because teaching an integrated curriculum combining two subject areas using analytical, written and oral communication skills enhances a teacherís potential to cover required material in greater detail, students achieve a greater depth of understanding, a higher level of educational achievement and a healthy respect for the founding principles of our country.

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