As you know, federal law requires that all high schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funds educate students about the Constitution on September 17. The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands has created the Sunnylands Constitution Project, a collection of classroom-ready digital resources, to help schools celebrate Constitution Day. After you have reviewed our materials, please complete our survey.

 

INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL GAMES

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands is developing an ensemble of interactive educational resources about the Constitution.

Please help us by testing our first game concept on the Constitutional Convention of 1787. We welcome your feedback to our online survey.

Click here for a preview and to fill-out the survey!

 
CLASSROOM-READY VIDEOS & LESSON PLANS

A 3-disc set containing 8 Sunnylands videos on the Constitution was sent to all members of the Annenberg Classroom mailing list, the principals of every public high school in the country, law school deans, federal judges and public libraries. The material is scheduled to arrive by September 10, 2008.

 

All videos are available for streaming at www.AnnenbergClassroom.org.

Films on DVD:

Included on the set are four new films featuring discussions with Supreme Court Justices. These films will be available for classroom use and broadcast within schools or federal agencies. They include:

 

A Conversation on the Constitution with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy: The Importance of the Yick Wo Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in the 1886 Yick Wo v. Hopkins case that the unequal application of a law violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection clause and consequently the rights of a Chinese immigrant. In this video, Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy discusses the Court’s groundbreaking decision and the protection that the Fourteenth Amendment provides for any “person”—whether an American citizen or not.  Length: 30 minutes                

 
Watch Video and Lesson Guide here

 

A Conversation on the Constitution with Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Anthony M. Kennedy: The Importance of the Japanese Internment Cases

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the U.S. government sent individuals of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast to internment camps. The Hirabayashi and Korematsu cases challenged the government’s right to restrict the liberty of this population of citizens and noncitizens. The Supreme Court upheld the government’s actions in each case. Three Supreme Court Justices discuss these landmark cases—specifically, the balance the court tries to strike between individual rights and national security in times of war in light of the Constitution’s provision that “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”  Length: 36 minutes  

   

Watch Video and Lesson Guide here
 

A Conversation on the Constitution with Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Antonin Scalia: Judicial Interpretation

How do Justices of the Supreme Court decide what the provisions of the Constitution mean? In November 2007, Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer gathered with students to discuss differing theories of judicial interpretation and how they affect not only the outcomes of cases but our democracy and daily lives.  Length: 37 minutes     

 

Watch Video and Lesson Guide here

 

The Constitution Project: One Person, One Vote

In a series of landmark decisions in the 1960s, the Supreme Court established the principle of one person, one vote. In this documentary, Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer and other experts discuss the political environment that generated the decisions in Baker v. Carr and Reynolds v. Sims and the Court’s application of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment in deciding reapportionment cases. Length:  26 minutes   

 
Watch Video and Lesson Guide here

OTHER ONLINE RESOURCES:  

 

The Constitution Project: Expert Commentary
The Sunnylands Constitution Project assembled a panel of constitutional scholars and legal experts to discuss issues raised by the Justices in our videos. Presented here are a number of excerpts from Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony M. Kennedy on the Japanese internment, each followed by an analysis and commentary from the panel. You can also choose to view just the commentary.

 
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PURCHASE RESOURCE BOOKS

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, in cooperation with Oxford University Press, will make available this hip pocket guide at discount rates for distribution to students on Constitution Day.

 

The United States Constitution: What it Says, What it Means offers the text of the Constitution in a pocket-sized format. Each article and amendment is followed by a clear and concise explanation that is suitable for both middle and high school students. Easy to use and understand, this pocket guide is great for use on Constitution Day.

 

To place an order, contact Oxford University Press directly at 1-800-445-9714 or www.us.oup.com.  Generally, two weeks are reserved for delivery, but expedited shipping is available. Visit www.us.oup.com for billing and shipping information.

 

 
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