Constitution Stations Lesson

Want to get your students out of their seats?
This United States Constitution stations lesson is broken into six different activities designed to get your students engaged in the study of the Constitution.
There is a handout provided that students carry around and complete at each station. This lesson is clearly labeled to keep them and you organized. This lesson is designed in Word and can be adapted to fit your classroom. This is a print and use statiuons lesson! No need to modify unless you want to 🙂 The class period goes so fast with stations!
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Independance Day— $1 Dollar Deals!!

Here’s are some great deals to celebrate one of the greatest days in American history!  I’ve got some great Independence Day Dollar Deals just for you!

Save big on one of my newest products, Reconstruction Stations.   This engaging 55-minute lesson contains 6 stations where they will gather information and analyze primary sources.  These no prep, print and go stations are:

  • Station 1: Notes on the three amendments, Freedman’s Bureau, and Compromise of 1877
  • Station 2: Group-work discussion and matching vocabulary
  • Station 3: Plessy vs Ferguson Supreme Court case
  • Station 4: Primary Documents and Questions
  • Station 5: Primary Documents on the KKK
  • Station 6: Political Cartoon on White Supremacy

You’ll get your students up and moving around and it’s completely editable to fit your needs!


The second dollar deal is on my Presidential Roles Project!  This weeklong project allows groups students to dive deep into one of the seven roles that make up the job of the President of the United States:

  • Chief Executive
  • Commander in Chief
  • Head of Political Party
  • Chief Legislator
  • Chief Diplomat
  • Head of State
  • Economic Guardian


Included are a comprehensive PowerPoint of Presidential Roles along with real life examples, a graphic organizer for note taking, and a Presidential Roles game that will allow students to gather information and develop a poster or infographic that details the role that they have been assigned.  A detailed rubric takes the guesswork out of grading and provides a great guideline as students collaborate to produce their final product!

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Political Party Station Lesson

This is a complete 50 minute station lesson on United States political parties. There is a handout included that students carry to each station as well as clear station directions on what to do at each station. I give my students 9 minutes a station for each of the 5 stations. This lesson is designed in Word and Powerpoint and can be used as is or modified for your classroom. They will need access to computers or devices at two station.

Note: This lesson is not biased in anyway leaning kids towards one political party or another. It simply gives them the information and lets them decide what party they closely align with.

What’s included?
– Station 1: What is a political party? Powerpoint Notes
– Station 2: Youtube Video clip and questions from crash-course on political parties
– Station 3: Political Party Ideology Quizzes (must have access to a device or two to share with a partner – phone, tablet, or computer)
– Station 4: How do political parties feel about certain key issues? (must have access to a device or two to share with a partner – phone, tablet, or computer)
– Station 5: What makes someone conservative and liberal reading and graphic organizer?
– Homework: Political Parties Response


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If you like this lesson you may also like:
⇒ Articles of Confederation Stations Lesson

⇒ Constitution Stations Lesson

⇒ Electoral College Stations Lesson

⇒ Political Parties Stations Lesson

⇒ Congress Stations Lesson

⇒ George Washington Presidency Stations Lesson

⇒ Causes of the Civil War Stations Lesson

⇒ Imperialism Stations Lesson

⇒ U.S. During World War I Stations Lesson

⇒ 1920’s Stations Lesson

⇒ World War II Homefront Stations Lesson

⇒ Kennedy Administration Stations Lesson

⇒ Vietnam War Stations Lesson

⇒ US Civil Rights Movement Stations Lesson

⇒ Stock Market Stations Lesson

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Civic Action Political Participation Project

This is a three page assignment where students complete a civic action project. The assignment was designed for the AP U.S. Government and Politics course but it could apply to any government or civics course where you want students to participate in the political process.

The goal of this assignment is to increase community awareness and encourage involvement in local government issues and local political structures. This assignment also offers you the opportunity to be an active citizen within the community and participate in the democratic process. Students have options of attending a political meeting, board of education meeting, a rally or protest, town court or town meeting, write a letter or email to an elected official or editor, interview someone, political event or speaker, or complete a political service project.

It was designed in Word and can be modified for your students very easily.

What’s included:
1. Project assignment
2. Rubric
3. List of events and dates ( you will need to modify this for your community)

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Other materials you may also like: 
⇒ Civic Action Political Participation Project 

⇒ Course Audit Syllabus 

⇒ U.S. AP Government Debate Assignment 


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AP Government – Government in America Textbook Questions & Vocabulary

This is a 17 page packet of questions and essential vocabulary broken down by unit to go along with the Edwards, Wattenberg, and Howell textbook Government in America 17th AP edition. It is designed and word and can be modified for your class. A answer key is not included. It was also updated for the redesign.

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AP U.S. Government and Politics Review

Are you struggling with AP U.S. Government and Politics Review?

Here are a few of my favorite resources for review with my students for the AP Exam May 10th!!! I typically have them complete the review packet with homework practice questions everyday. I make every Friday Fun by playing review games such as Bingo, jeopardy, Quizlet Live, Kahoot, or Socrative review.

You may like to purchase:
⇒ AP Government and Politics Complete Exam Review Unit (everything is included below)
⇒ Complete Review Packet (15 pages)
⇒ Password Vocabulary Review Game
⇒ Institutions Practice Questions
⇒ Vocabulary Bingo Game 1
⇒ Vocabulary Bingo Game 2
⇒ Jeopardy Game
⇒ Practice Quizzes Each Unit
⇒ Stations Lesson 1
⇒ Stations Lesson 2


More Curriculum:
⇒ AP Government and Politics Complete Course
⇒ Constitutional Underpinnings
⇒ Political Beliefs, Behaviors, and Culture
⇒ Political Parties and Electoral Practices
⇒ The Legislative Branch and the Congress
⇒ The Executive Branch and the Presidency
⇒ The Bureaucracy Unit
⇒ The Judicial Branch Unit
⇒ The Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Unit
⇒ Exam Review

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Congress Station Lesson

This is complete 50 minute station lesson on Congress. I have my students spend 8 minutes per station. There are five stations included with an additional homework assignment attached if they finish a station early. This lesson was designed in word and can be modified to fit the needs of your classroom.

What’s included?
– Station 1: Powers of Congress Reading and Discussion
– Station 2: Bicameral Legislature Notes
– Station 3: Video url provided and questions (must have access to one computer)
– Station 4: Political Cartoons
– Station 5: Pork barreling and Earmarks Web Search (must have access to a device or two to share with a partner – phone, tablet, or computer)
– Incumbency Homework

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The Top Ten Ways I Structure my AP Government Course

I recently had someone ask me how I setup my AP Government classroom. I figured I would write a post about it since it was just easier to explain. This is going to be my 7th year of teaching (wow how fast time flies) and my 5th year teaching AP Government and Politics. I finally feel comfortable with the content and preparation after my 4th year.


Warning: I make money off of this idea. 


The Top Ten Ways I Structure my AP Government and Politics Course

1. AP Government 1 Page Chapter Summaries: Last year I gave each chapter review page during the structure AP Government review time. This year I am giving these chapter summaries before every test and collecting them and placing them into a student file folder. At the end of April I will be giving the folders back to my students and they will already have the review sheets completed. The 11 chapter summaries are one page handouts that are very simple and graphically appealing, which include the most essencial information in EVERY chapter in AP Government. This would be a great supplement to do for AP review or to include as you learn each unit to make a study guide for the AP exam in May.


2. Free Response Essay Packet:  This is a 12 page document of all the AP Government and Politics Free Response Questions (FRQ’s) from the past 14 years. The document contains all FRQ’s from 1999-2013. FRQ’s are subdivided in unit and historical order. This is a VERY useful tool to have for an AP Government student. I plan on reviewing previous FRQ’s with my students before each unit test and during the structured AP review time.


3. How to Write a Free Response Essay Handout:  This is a handout on how to write a Free Response Essay on the AP Government exam. It has helpful tips and suggestions to write the essay.


4. AP Government Vocabulary List: This is a list of over 300 vocabulary words that are essential when learning AP Government and Politics. The vocabulary words are organized by unit (9 units total). The vocabulary words and definition are organized in alphabetical order. I give this packet out at the beginning of the year to help my students study and learn the material. We also play bingo before every unit test. My students fill in the words for the chapter to the blank bingo card and I read the definitions from the vocabulary list.


5. Socratic Seminar Handout: This is a handout to encourage students to have rules and expectations with socratic seminars. This handout is very useful when introducing the socratic seminar as a form of discussion in any class. I usually assign a controversial article related to AP Government and students must generate three socratic style questions for homework. My students then come to class ready to discuss the article through the socratic method.


6. Government Chapter Reading Questions: This is a list of 3-5 essential critical reading questions for each unit of government. This handout can be modified for any book or government course since the content is the same. I usually give this handout out at the beginning of the year and have my students read the chapter and respond to the questions in an extended response format.


7. Student Self-Evaluation for Classroom Participation: This is a student self-evaluation on their own level of classroom participation. I joke with my student’s that I have the final VETO say in their grade for participate but I do let them self-reflect and evaluate their own behavior.


8. Debate Assignment:  This is a debate assignment for six separate government debates. The debate structure, rubric, audience rubric, audience evaluation guide, and guidelines are included. My class does these debates in two teams of two for each topic. The rest of the class is the audience. These debates were specifically planned for one debate for each unit.

Debate topics:

1. Voting should be compulsory in our democracy
2. The American two-party system is so strong that voting for third party candidates cannot effectively influence public policy.
3. There should be term limits for members of Congress.
4. Direct popular vote should replace the Electoral College.
5. Americans would be safer without a constitutional right to carry a weapon.
6. Affirmative action programs are necessary to safeguard the opportunities of underrepresented minorities.


9. Participation in Government: Ever wish your students were more involved in politics in the community. This assignment requires them to attend one political event out of a list of events in the community. They also need to write a paper response with a series of question prompts. There is a grading rubric provided as well as sample community event options to participate with.


10. Current Event Blog Post:  This is the detailed assignment, rubric, and schedule for the current event blog post assignment. Students are assigned one week each marking period to write one current event blog post and give an in class presentation. Students must include a summary, analysis, visual, and MLA citation, and connection to the course.


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Teach Civics: Use Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart is a wonderful website for any civic or government teacher. The website is designed to be practical informative, and useful when teaching about Congress, political parties, campaign finance, the Constitution, elections, state government and much more. There are lessons, interactive activities, and so many other resources. 


The Voter’s Self-Defense System

Every candidate and elected official from President to local government can be easily and instantly accessed through the Voter’s Self-Defense System:

  • Voting Records — Project Vote Smart digests key legislation in Congress and all 50 states into easy-to-understand summaries, making it easy to compare what your representatives said during the campaign with how they actually voted on the record.
  • Biographical & Contact InformationBiographical & Contact Information — From their previous professions, education, family life, and organizational memberships, to their latest e-mail address; we gather it all.
  • Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) — We test thousands of candidates for President, Congress, Governor and State Legislature with our Political Courage Test. The Test accurately measures candidates’ willingness to provide voters with their positions on the issues they will most likely face if elected.
  • Interest Group Ratings— See how over 150 competing special interest groups evaluate your representatives. Despite their bias, special interest group ratings can help indicate where an incumbent has stood on a particular set of issues.
  • Public Statements — Vote Smart is constantly collecting speeches and public comments made by the president, governors, and congressional representatives. Just type in a word, say; ‘immigration’ and all public utterances containing the word ‘immigration’ will appear. Compare what they said while campaigning in California a few years ago to what they are saying now in New Hampshire.
  • Campaign FinancesCampaign Finances — How much money did your representatives raise and from whom?


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Share My Lesson: 228,000+ Free Teaching Resources

Share My Lesson is an interesting resource for any educator to collaborate, connect, and share with our teachers. It is a FREE website that gives teachers access to teaching resources such as worksheets, learning materials, lesson ideas, activiities, and lesson plans. The lessons are divided by grade level, subject, and unit.


Start using the site today with your TES login. Simply enter your TES username and password and then accept the Share My Lesson terms. Do so before 31 July and you’ll be entered automatically into a prize draw to win the new iPad!*

The website also connects teachers to an online community to build your PLC. Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers and TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Check it out today and improve your teaching repertoire!


As a US educator Share My Lesson offers you:
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Gilder Lehrman and 9/11 Memorial Resources

I attended the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History on 9/11 and American Memory.  The seminar was absolutely amazing! We learned from experts  about how the United States and the world have dealt with tragedy and loss with events such as the Civil War, Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, Vietnam, and 9/11. We worked with the amazing team of 9/11 memorial experts who are involved in the planning of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Fire Chief and 9/11 survivor Jay Jonas, and experts in the field of memory such as  the seminar leader David Blight.


Our seminar took a personal tour of the 9/11 museum that is NOT open to the public. Even though it is still under construction, we could instantly observe the beauty, sacredness, and careful planning involved in creating the museum.  I am so impressed with the planning and extensive collection the 9/11 historic site, website, and museum will offer to visitors and generations to honor the victims of September 11th, 2001.


9/11/01 Online Resources 

The 9/11 memorial has a wonderful collection of online resources for teachers to educate our students about September 11th, 2001. The website has an extensive collection of multimedia orientated resources such as an interactive timeline, audio, webcasts, video, images, primary documents, and essential artifacts and collections.  Each lesson is tied to the Common Core Standards and based on the 9/11 collections that can be used throughout the school year and across all subjects and divided into different themes. 






Gilder Lehrman K–12 EDUCATOR PROGRAMS 


For more information visit: Gilder Lehrman Institute  and 9/11 Memorial 



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Bring the World into your Classroom with World Wonders Project

I recently discovered the Google World Wonders Project  which is a website that brings historical sites online.  The website is very interesting and educational because it uses Google’s Street View technology, 3D modelling, photos, videos and information to deliver an interesting medium to go on a virtual field trip. You and your students can truly explore the world from your classroom!


There are many interesting historical locations available to explore on the site, including the Palace of Versailles, the Historic Centre of Cordoba, Stonehenge and Hiroshima. I recently explored Independence Hall and was amazed at the collection of resources: videos, google maps, images, and in depth information about the location. I can’t think of a better way to learn about history, other than actually visiting the historic site!
Google also offers free, easy-to-use, and downloadable history resources which are designed in support and engage students in the study of history. The resources are clear, very well organized and FREE. I already found myself bookmarking specific historical sites to use for next school year.  Check it out today!

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Increase Student Engagement with Deliberation

I learned about Deliberation Lessons at the NCSS Conference Presentation in Washington D.C. on December 2nd, 2011.  The workshop was really interesting and provided me with a plethora of new resources to engage students in the 21st century classroom. The website contains primary documents about controversial issues in our society, which can engage students in the content and create meaningful classroom discussions. Regardless of what you teach these materials and the style of instruction is powerful.  For more information visit: Deliberation in a Democracy in the Americas

Deliberation is the focused exchange of ideas and the analysis of multiple views with the aim of making a personal decision and finding areas of agreement within a group.

Why Are We Deliberating?
People must be able and willing to express and exchange ideas among themselves, with community leaders, and with their representatives in government. People and public officials in a democracy need skills and opportunities to engage in civil public discussion of controversial issues in order to make informed policy decisions. Deliberation requires keeping an open mind, as this skill enables people to reconsider a decision based on new information or changing circumstances.

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Online US History and Government Textbook

Next year I plan on supplementing my outdated textbook with some online resources. I discovered this website called, which has so many wonderful resources. I plan on using this online US Government website for my AP government class and supplementing it with a reader, primary documents, and plenty of articles. I think it will be a lot more practical in the 21st century.

Online Textbook

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First Presidential Ad of 2012 – Courage to Stand

Wow this is one of the most moving political advertisement’s I have seen in a very long time. This is a political ad for the 2012 presidential race – in this case – by Tim Pawlenty who used to be the governor of Minnesota. It goes with his book, Courage to Stand. Even though he will not will the Republican nomination he sure makes a good video that hits every American Ideal and value.

It hits us with every American value. I plan to use this in the classroom when I talk about American values. I may have them try to guess what American values they “see” in this presidential advertisement.

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