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America's Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty
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1-Introduction:  The introduction to the AHEF high school edition of America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty includes the publication and contact information, the table of contents, and the purpose/rationale for the lessons. The preface essay, 1776--From Freedom to Oppression: Modern History's First Experiment in Self-Government, offers a philosophical, political, historical, and socio-economic background for the birth of the United States and the corresponding ideology of the lessons. (751 KB)
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2-American Heritage Themes:  Students have the opportunity to define, understand, and examine the four underlying, philosophical themes of the AHEF lessons—Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility—that are important for citizens individually and for our nation as whole. The lesson includes related quotes by well-known figures, a think-aloud, a poster activity, and a collaborative analytical assignment in response to the preface essay (see introduction). (241 KB)
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3-The Mayflower Compact:  Students consider and understand the responsibilities of the colonists in establishing a new colony and in creating a social contract for the first self-imposed self-government to help them make decisions. The lesson includes background reading on the Mayflower Compact, a creative writing application, and a reflective evaluation. (715 KB)
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4-The Declaration of Independence:   Students look at and analyze the Declaration of Independence and its intentions including the environment and circumstances that influenced the colonists to write it. Students examine the concepts of freedom and unalienable rights conveyed in the Declaration as well as the structural components of the document. The lesson includes a copy of the Declaration of Independence text, a background contextual reading regarding the formation and issuance of the Declaration, a text scramble, and various individual and collaborative activity ideas.
(800 KB)
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5-Federalist 47:  Students learn about and examine the way and method in which the two opposing, popular governmental views of the 1780's—for or against the ratification of the Constitution—were expressed and presented by the colonists. Federalist Paper Number 47, in particular, discusses the three branches of government and the responsibility each has to protect its area of authority. The lesson includes a copy of the Federalist 47 text, historical background reading, authorship notes, a text analysis, and various individual and collaborative activity ideas. (759 KB)
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6-U. S. Constitution:  Students understand and analyze the freedoms and rights secured and clarified in the U. S. Constitution.  Activities involve examination of various rights and the need to exercise them responsibly, research on the background and context of the writing of the Constitution, creative visualization of concepts in the Constitution, understanding of the purposes of the Constitution, and exploration of the Constitution's relationship to the Declaration of Independence.  The lesson includes an essay about the meanings and purposes of our national primary documents, the text of the Constitution, and a K-W-L chart . (805 KB)
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7-Bill of Rights:  Rights and Responsibilities:   Students consider and appreciate their rights as reflected in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, assessing the source and significance of various rights and understanding the need to exercise such rights appropriately and responsibly.  The lesson includes a copy of the Bill of Rights, an abridged description of the original ten amendments, a practice in creating and personally identifying with a bill of rights, a survey and analysis-evaluation of our rights, and creative, hands-on applications and activities. (589 KB)
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8-The First Amendment:  Students identify and understand the freedoms and rights assured and protected in the First Amendment in order to provide for unity among the people. The lesson includes a historical background reading about the Bill of Rights, religious toleration, and separation of church and state. A copy of the Bill of Rights text and an excerpt from the book, The Theme is Freedom, are also included. A video application and collage activity are offered. (630 KB)
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9-Our National Documents: Students identify and compare/contrast the United States' significant primary documents including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights in order to gain an overview of what they are, mean, represent, and assert and how they relate to one another and to the history of the U. S. in a larger, whole perspective.  The lesson includes an essay about the meanings and purposes of these primary documents, a K-W-L chart, and visual timeline, charting, and comparison/contrast activities. (614 KB)
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10-Entrepreneurs in History:  Students learn about the progressive economic roots of the United States that have released the creativity and ingenuity of the individual. Students observe the change and progress in industry that have taken place over time and the new issues that continually arise as a result of this progress. The lesson includes profile articles of four famous entrepreneurs in contemporary history who exemplified the economic philosophy of the nation, a group project focusing on an entrepreneur, and a writing assessment. (989 KB)
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11-American's Creed:  Students gain an understanding of the origin and purpose of the American's creed and the ideas it reinforces. Students recognize the importance of and need to uphold their personal and civic responsibilities as American citizens. The lesson includes a group activity and discussion about American political faith. (519 KB)
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12-The United States Flag:  Federal Flag Code:  Students learn about the value and meaning of the U. S. flag as a symbol of freedom by examining the various elements of the flag as well as the official uses of and ways to display the flag. The lesson includes a copy of the U. S. Federal Flag Code, a group vocabulary activity, and art and drama activity ideas. (638 KB)
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13-Religious Expression in Public Schools:  Students gain an understanding that religious expression is a historical element in the founding of the United States. Religious tolerance is known around the world as a key expression of freedom in our nation. Students discuss and recognize the importance and meaning of religious freedom.  Students learn, clarify, and understand how religious freedom and expression applies to public schools and the classroom as addressed by the 1995 legal guidelines of the U. S. Department of Education.  The lesson includes a copy of the Dept. of Education letter and the legal guidelines for religious expression in public schools, a KWL chart, reading response activities, and a creative/analytical writing application. (638 KB)
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14-What is an American?:  Students reflect upon the philosophical, historical, religious, and economic underpinnings of the country. Ultimately, students recognize the need to be individually responsible citizens who contribute to the betterment of the nation as well as appreciate the unified effort of all citizens of varying backgrounds toward this shared goal. The lesson includes a think aloud, a collaborative body drawing activity, a class participatory yarn activity, a poetry exercise, and a collage idea. (501 KB)
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15-Character Education:  This secondary level resource developed by HISD provides teachers and students with a month-by-month character education unit focus correlating with the AHEF themes of Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility. Each unit lists relevant or correlating resources including books, articles, and websites. (42 KB)
Downlaod:    TEKS (State of Texas)

National (NCSS) Standard Correlations:  The high school edition of America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty correlates with national curriculum standards, including thematic strands and performance expectations, of the National Council for the Social Studies. In addition to the standards emphasized and noted within each lesson, this comprehensive list of all standards relating to the middle and high school level lessons gives teachers more ideas for lesson focus and purpose.
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America's Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty  (National):   This supplement includes all sections of the high school resource.  Lesson plans correlate to the National Council for the Social Studies standards applicable to teachers throughout the United States.  (Download recommended only for fast connections like DSL.)  (2.34 MB)

America's Heritage:  An Adventure in Liberty  (State of Texas) This supplement includes all sections of the high school resource.  Lesson plans correlate to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards applicable to teachers in the state of Texas and/or may be adapted nationally.  (Download recommended only for fast connections like DSL.)  (2.34 MB)

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