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Law-Related Education Resources

 
  • ACLU of Connecticut- Youth and Student's Rights - The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut's site for youth and student's rights.

  • American Bar Association Law-Related Education - "This section contains information about law-related education projects and programs on national and state levels."

  • Annenberg Classroom - Resources for civic education. "This website connects our award-winning, comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution and its amendments to daily civics news and student discussion." 

  • Ben's Guide to U.S. Government For Kids - "Ben's Guide provides information and activities specifically tailored for educators, parents, and students in K-12. These resources can help teach about our government and how it works."

  • Bill of Rights Institute - "The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society."

  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site - "The Education and Outreach Division at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site strives to provide quality curriculum-based resources and activities for educators and parents."

  • Center for Civic Education - "The Center specializes in civic/citizenship education, law-related education, and international educational exchange programs for developing democracies. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens."

  • Charters of Freedom: Constitution of the United States - From the National Archives Experience collection.

  • Close Up Foundation - "Close Up welcomes participation on its programs without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability. To carry out our mission, we partner with educators, schools, and youth organizations throughout the country to help young people develop the skills and attitudes to become informed and engaged citizens."

  • Collection Connections: Documents from the Continental Congress & the Constitutional Conventions, 1774-1789 - Provided by the Library of Congress Learning Page.

  • CongressLink - "CongressLink is directed to teachers of American Government and civics. It is multi-featured, offering original content (including lesson plans and historical materials) and up-to-the-minute information about Congress."

  • Connecticut Consortium for Law & Citizenship Education - "A private, non-profit association that promotes and conducts law-related education programs and projects in Connecticutā€™s public and private schools, courtrooms and communities."

  • Connecticut Network (CT-N) State Civics Toolbox - This site "offers lesson plans and classroom activities that utilize videotaped debates of bills before the Connecticut General Assembly. Videos are available to middle school and high school teachers free of charge from The Connecticut Network, a non-profit broadcast service covering Connecticut State Government."

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation - "Constitutional Rights Foundation seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights, and educate them to become active and responsible participants in our society." Web Lessons

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago - "The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago helps young people develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to serve their communities and nation as active, responsible citizens. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, CRFC has conducted law-related education programs for elementary and secondary students and their teachers for over twenty years."

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago- Voir Dire:  Creating the Jury  - "This section of 'The American Jury' includes background, lessons, and classroom resources about voir dire and how it has been used, its strengths and limitations, and changes that have been made or proposed to make it serve the Constitution's mandate of an 'impartial jury'."

  • Conversations on the Constitution, from the American Bar Association "This project is designed to further dialogue in schools and in the workplace about American constitutional principles and values."

  • Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - Juveniles and the Death Penalty - "This Bulletin examines the history of capital punishment and Supreme Court decisions related to its use with juveniles."

  • Courts to Classes - from the U.S. Courts Web Site  "As part of the Federal Judiciary's educational outreach program, this site is designed to assist educators in teaching about the federal court system in ways that are consistent with law-related education practices and relevant social studies standards. Content focuses on the purpose, structure, and function of the courts and is driven by the input, needs, and experiences of educators across the country."¯

  • Democracy Project - The Democracy Project is presented by PBS Kids and includes curriculum designed for students in grades 3-6. Some of the goals of the project are to introduce the structure and duties of the three levels of government, as well as understanding how government affects our daily lives.

  • Famous Trials,  by Doug Linder (2004) - Available from the University of Missouri-Kansas School of Law, this web site provides extensive resources, including striking photographs and portraits, of 35 of the most famous trials in history.

  • First Federal Congress Project - "This exhibit contains extensive opportunities for using primary documents to explore the actions, issues and significance of the First Federal Congress (FFC), which, as the exhibit explains, was a virtual "second sitting" of the Federal Constitutional Convention."  The site includes an introductory classroom lecture along with four different approaches to use with the lesson.  Offered through George Washington University.

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Thousands of American history-related materials are offered on this site, beginning with the Colonial period through modern times.  Educators may search for resources by Period, Topic, or by using the Reference Room.  This site also includes links to relevant music from historical eras as well as audio of important historical speeches.

  • High School Curriculum on the Judiciary - This is an "interactive addition to the American Judicature Society's website. It reflects our continuing efforts to educate the public about the workings of the judicial branch of government."

  • History Matters - "Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history."  Offered through George Mason University.

  • iCivics - iCivics is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.

  • Kids in the House - From the Office of the Clerk, this site includes a Lesson Plan Library for Parents and Teachers, with activities such as how to have a mock debate, and understanding how a bill becomes a law.

  • Landmark Supreme Court Cases - "This site was developed to provide teachers with a full range of resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases, helping students explore the key issues of each case. The "Resources" section features basic building blocks such as background summaries and excerpts of opinions that can be used in multiple ways. The "Activities" section contains a range of short activities and in-depth lessons that can be completed with students."

  • Law for Kids - "LawForKids.org is America's first stand alone web site dedicated to teaching children about the law. The Site was created by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education with the specific goal of educating Arizona's youth, their parents, communities and schools to increase their knowledge about youth laws and to encourage law-abiding behavior."

  • Laws and the Courts: A Workbook for Upper Elementary Students - A publication from the Connecticut Judicial Branch which educates students on what laws are, who makes, enforces and interprets the laws, the different types of courts, and the people who make up the Superior Court.  A glossary of legal terms and several quizzes are included.

  • Learning Page  - From the Library of Congress: "Here is a teacher's eye view of over 7 million historical documents, photographs, maps, films and audio recordings. You will find lessons, features, activities, and tips and tricks for using these collections in your classroom."¯

  • Library of Congress-Primary Documents in American History - "The Library of Congress is home to many of the most important documents in American history. This Web site provides links to materials digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that supplement and enhance the study of these crucial documents."

  • National High School Mock Trial Championship - The 2014 National Championship will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 8 - 10, 2014.

  • National Online Youth Summit - "The purpose of these summits is to encourage young people to think critically about a timely legal public policy issue. The summits give students an opportunity to learn about legal and policy issues with peers and policy resource persons."

  • National Youth Court Center - "The National Youth Court Center (NYCC) at the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) serves as a central point of contact for youth court programs across the nation. We serve as an information clearinghouse, provide training and technical assistance, and develop resource materials on how to develop and enhance youth court programs in the United States."

  • Newseum- Free resources, including a digital classroom providing "primary sources, interactives, videos and lesson plans bring history, journalism and the First Amendment to life for students."

  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - "OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization."

  • Our Documents: A National Initiative on American History, Civics, and Service
    - "To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to form a more perfect union."

  • Presidential Timeline - "The Presidential Timeline provides a single point of access to an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. Among these assets you'll find documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents' lives. The goal of the project is to make these resources readily and freely available to students, educators, and adult learners throughout the world."

  • Street Law - "Street Law is practical, participatory education about law, democracy and human rights. Through its philosophy and programs, Street Law empowers people to transform democratic ideals into citizen action. Street Law's programs do not end at the door of the classroom. Each student gains essential lessons that can be used for life."

  • Student Press Law Centerbooks - The Student Press Law Center is "devoted to educating high school and college journalists about the rights and responsibilities embodied in the First Amendment and supporting the student news media in their struggle to cover important issues free from censorship."

  • Supreme Court Historical Society - This web site features an interesting array of resources pertaining to the history of the United States Supreme Court, how the Court works, a Learning Center, and Researching the Court section.

  • Teens, Crime and the Community - "Teens, Crime and the Community is a nationwide effort implemented at the local level to reduce the incidence of teen victimization and engage teens as crime prevention resources in their schools and communities."

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  • United Nations Cyberschoolbus - “ Human Rights in Action - "The CyberSchoolBus wants to collect inspiring stories of classes or schools defending and promoting human rights in their own communities, neighborhoods and cities.  These stories will become part of a global atlas of student actions compiled and published on the World Wide Web by the UN CyberSchoolBus."

  • UNICEF Voices of Youth - Voices of Youth consist of three forums: 1) The Meeting Place is a forum where visitors "share ideas about important world issues." 2) The Learning Place offers several "interactive global learning projects." 3) The Teachers Place is "where teachers, trainers, educational planners and young people can discuss the use of electronic networks for global educational projects."

  • Youth for Justice - "Youth for Justice is a unique national initiative that uses the power of active learning about the law to build upon the vitality of young people and to address the risks of being young in America today. Youth for Justice involves young people in LRE programs that address national problems, particularly violence by and against youth."¯