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I Think: Government, The Constitution

Sharon Coletti and Kendra Corr
InspirEd Educators, Inc.

360 Waverly Hall Circle
Roswell, GA 30075

Here is a unit study on the Constitution for middle and high school with an emphasis on thinking skills. Everything you need is in this book--overall learning objectives, teaching notes, lesson plans, student pages, and answers. The answer pages immediately follow the student exercises. Yea! No more incessant flipping to the back of the book.

Here are some of the topics explored in the fifteen chapters: The Preamble, Democracy, The Bill of Rights, The Amendments, and Taxes.

Many texts and authors are quoted. The book examines other governing documents such as the Gayanashagowa or Great Law of Peace from the Iroquois Confederacy and bits of The Magna Carta.

Following the format of the other I Think books, there is a crossword puzzle reviewing terms throughout the book at the end and a graduated set of evaluations (modified, average, and accelerated) and a list of websites for further exploration of the Constitution.

Even though the material is written with middle and high school students in mind, I would say it is more suited to the high schooler. There is a lot of higher level thinking and reasoning required for the exercises. I also think students would fare better with this curriculum of they have had a healthy amount of exposure to current events and civics.

Product Review by Kathy Gelzer, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, February, 2009

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