Introduction for EducatorsTable of ContentsUpdates & Latest AdditionsLearning Pathway: Black Lives MatterLearning Pathway: Influential WomenLearning Pathway: Student RightsLearning Pathway: Election 2020Learning Pathway: Current Events Learning Pathway: Media Literacy Teacher-Designed Learning PlansTopic 1. The Philosophical Foundations of the United States Political System1.1. The Government of Ancient Athens1.2. The Government of the Roman Republic1.3. Enlightenment Thinkers and Democratic Government1.4. British Influences on American Government1.5. Native American Influences on U.S. GovernmentTopic 2. The Development of the United States Government2.1. The Revolutionary Era and the Declaration of Independence2.2. The Articles of Confederation2.3. The Constitutional Convention2.4. Debates between Federalists and Anti-Federalists2.5. Articles of the Constitution and the Bill of RightsTopic 3. Institutions of United States Government3.1. Branches of the Government and the Separation of Powers3.2. Examine the Relationship of the Three Branches3.3. The Roles of the Congress, the President, and the Courts3.4. Elections and Nominations3.5. The Role of Political PartiesTopic 4. The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens4.1. Becoming a Citizen4.2. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens and Non-Citizens4.3. Civic, Political, and Private Life4.4. Fundamental Principles and Values of American Political and Civic Life4.5. Voting and Citizen Participation in the Political Process4.6. Election Information4.7. Leadership and the Qualities of Political Leaders4.8. Cooperation Between Individuals and Elected Leaders4.9. Public Service as a Career4.10. Liberty in Conflict with Equality or Authority4.11. Political Courage and Those Who Affirmed or Denied Democratic Ideals4.12. The Role of Political Protest4.13. Public and Private Interest Groups, PACs, and Labor UnionsTopic 5. The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions5.1. The Necessary and Proper Clause5.2. Amendments to the Constitution5.3. Constitutional Issues Related to the Civil War, Federal Power, and Individual Civil Rights5.4. Civil Rights and Equal Protection for Race, Gender, and Disability5.5. Marbury v. Madison and the Principle of Judicial Review5.6. Significant Supreme Court DecisionsTopic 6. The Structure of Massachusetts State and Local Government6.1. Functions of State and National Government6.2. United States and Massachusetts Constitutions6.3. Enumerated and Implied Powers6.4. Core Documents: The Protection of Individual Rights6.5. 10th Amendment to the Constitution6.6. Additional Provisions of the Massachusetts Constitution6.7. Responsibilities of Federal, State and Local Government6.8. Leadership Structure of the Massachusetts Government6.9. Tax-Supported Facilities and Services6.10. Components of Local GovernmentTopic 7. Freedom of the Press and News/Media Literacy7.1. Freedom of the Press7.2. Competing Information in a Free Press7.3. Writing the News: Different Formats and Their Functions7.4. Digital News and Social Media7.5. Evaluating Print and Online Media7.6. Analyzing Editorials, Editorial Cartoons, or Op-Ed Commentaries

Learning Pathway: Black Lives Matter

Building Democracy For All is designed so that teachers and students can follow different learning pathways as they explore the material in the book. Rather than proceeding sequentially through the standards, the learning pathways invite a thematic approach. Other learning pathways include: Student Rights, Influential Women, Election 2020Media Literacy, and Current Events.

Black Lives Matter Choice Board

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Black Lives Matter Choice Board by Robert W. Maloy, Ed.D. & Torrey Trust, Ph.D.,
College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Licensed under CC BY NC ND 4.0

Black History Month Choice Board

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Black History Month Choice Board
Black History Month Choice Board by Robert W. Maloy, Ed.D. & Torrey Trust, Ph.D.,
College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Licensed under CC BY NC ND 4.0

Black Lives Matter Activities by Chapter

Topic 1: The Philosophical Foundations of the United States Political System

Topic 2: The Development of United States Government

Historical African-American
Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, George Washington Carver and Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Historical African-American Figures" | Public Domain

Topic 3: Institutions of United States Government

Topic 4: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens

African-American Monument
"African-American Monument, Savannah, GA, US"
by Jud McCranie is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Topic 5: The Constitution, Amendments, and Supreme Court Decisions

Topic 6: The Structure of Massachusetts State and Local Government

Civil rights demonstration
"Civil rights demonstration in front of a segregated theater Tallahassee, Florida"
by  Florida Memory | No Restrictions

Topic 7: Freedom of the Press andNews/Media Literacy

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