SOURCE: ConSource Inc.

December 12, 2008 09:56 ET

The Constitutional Sources Project Brings the Constitution to Life in the Classroom

ConSource.org Develops Teacher Lesson Plans on Civics, Government, and History

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - December 12, 2008) - The Constitutional Sources Project, creator of ConSource.org, an online library of the Founders' constitutional documents, is creating a library of lesson plans for teachers on subjects that relate to the Constitution. The ConSource Lesson Plans will include primary documents from ConSource.org.

The ConSource "Curriculum Center" will include lesson plans developed according to each state's curriculum standards. Currently ConSource has state specific lesson plans for New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas, but will add lesson plans for other states throughout the year.

To ensure quality, the ConSource Lesson Plans have been developed and reviewed by experienced teachers and educators. Each lesson plan will also be tested in their respective states' classrooms.

One lesson plan available for teachers on ConSource, titled "The Anti-Federalists," examines a document, "Peter Prejudice," that compares the proposed Constitution to a new pair of "breeches." This document helps students understand many of the reservations some of the Founders had concerning the Constitution. All ConSource Lesson Plans use similarly interesting primary sources to help teach government, history, and civics to students.

"When researching online lesson plans regarding the Constitution, we found many of them deficient in one important area: primary sources," said Eleesha Tucker, National Volunteer Coordinator and curriculum author for The Constitutional Sources Project. "Teachers who use the primary sources in the classroom report that students are more engaged in the topic and that, in some cases, learning differences 'melt away.' We hope to facilitate this trend with dedicated ConSource lesson plans."

To view ConSource's "Curriculum Center," click here.

About The Constitutional Sources Project

The Constitutional Sources Project has created www.ConSource.org®, the free online library of the Founders' constitutional documents. Since its public launch last Constitution Day, September 17, 2007, ConSource has attracted over two million visitors, including sixth graders in Alaska studying American History to Supreme Court Justices reviewing an individual's constitutional "Right to Bear Arms." Current collections include James Madison's handwritten notes, the Bill of Rights legislative history, the papers of George Washington and George Mason, pre-1787 state constitutions, charters, and bills of rights, and other constitutional precedents. ConSource will eventually contain texts and images for all constitutional sources from Antiquity to 1992 when the 27th Amendment was passed.

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