Being an American ELL

An expanded version of Being an American, these lessons include modifications for English Language-Learners. Through primary source analysis, writing assignments, discussion prompts, and other activities, students will “connect the dots” by focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, civic values, American heroes, and exploring the meaning of citizenship to them. Being an American ELL features lesson plans that include warm-ups, classroom activities, essays, homework, extensions, handouts, ELL modifications, glossaries, and Founding Principle exercises.

Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us

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The Declaration of Independence (ELL) Image

The Declaration of Independence (ELL)

In this lesson, students will explore the structure, purpose, and significance of the Declaration of Independence. Students will analyze the concepts of inalienable or natural rights and government by consent to begin to understand the philosophical foundations of America’s constitutional government

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The United States Constitution (ELL)

In this lesson, students will study the Constitution from three perspectives: structure, content, and underlying principles. They will study the purpose, content, underlying ideas, and constitutional principles of each Article in the Constitution.

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The Bill of Rights (ELL)

For the Bill of Rights to remain more than what Madison referred to as a “parchment barrier,” citizens must understand the purpose, content, and meaning of this important American document. In this lesson, students will identify and analyze the protections in the Bill of Rights as well as evaluate Supreme Court decisions in cases centered on Bill of Rights protections.

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America’s Civic Values (ELL)

This lesson offers students the opportunity to reflect on the virtues the Founders considered fundamental to a free society. After reflecting on the meaning of these values, students will analyze situations where civic values can be exercised and identfy modern examples of those values in practice.

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American Heroes: Past and Present (ELL) Image

American Heroes: Past and Present (ELL)

Students will examine how a diverse group of Americans have exemplified the responsibilities of citizenship. Students will consider how these historic figures defended the principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights through their choices and actions.

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