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If Men Were Angels: Teaching the Constitution with the Federalist Papers

The Constitution was signed in 1787, and everyone was happy, right? Not exactly. Who supported the Constitution? Who didn’t? And why? This webinar will show you how your students can engage in discussion, presentation, role play, and an exciting debate that will bring the ideas of The Federalist Papers. . . and the Constitution. . . alive.
When: Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 (Pacific Time)     
Where: Online   Cost: Free    Register Now!


freeexerciveicon1NEW COMMON CORE LESSON: The Free Exercise of Religion in America 

When, if ever, may the government limit freedom of religion? The Supreme Court and Congress have grappled with this question.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begins with what are known as the religion clauses: “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . .” Note that initially the First Amendment only limited the actions of Congress, our national legislature, but not the governments of any of the states. That came later more. . .

Civic Action Project (CAP)

CAP is a different kind of civics and government course. Think of it as a culmination of what students learn through the course of their social studies education, a chance to apply what they have learned in the real world experience of taking civic action. Learn more about CAP.

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2015 Catalog

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Black History Month

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California Civics Day for Teachers Civics lessons and resources to encourage participation in professional development opportunities.

Educating About Immigration is a new web site devoted to issues of immigration for the classroom from CRF!

Educating About Intellectual Property CRF and Street Law, Inc. are collaborating on an exciting new web resource on intellectual property.  

Bill of Rights in Action Many lessons on U.S. history, world history, and government

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Mock Trial

Teaching American History


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Criminal Justice in America The best introductory text on the criminal justice system.

Adventures in Law and History Motivating lessons for upper-elementary students.