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A.C.E. Lesson Plan Toolbox


Historical Period & Unit A.C.E. Enrichment Topic
Introduction to program

Lesson Plan:
Introduction to the Program: The Rule of Law

Framing Questions:
· What role does law play in society?
· Why study law?

Activities:
· 10 Things I'd Rather Be Doing (brainstorm connections to the law)
· No Vehicles in the Park - mock statute activity

Alternative Lesson Plan:
Developing Rules for the A.C.E. Classroom Visits

Ancient World (Egyptian law, religious law, Greece/Rome, Hammurabi)

Lesson Plan:
Origins of Legal Power and Authority: Divine Law in Early Human Cultures

Framing Questions:
· What is the source of governmental power?
· How is the exercise of power justified?

Activity:
· Scenarios to compare and contrast source of authority in Greece, Egypt & Mesopotamia Hammurabi's code

Medieval Period

Lesson Plan:
Law in Medieval Societies: Introduction to Early Democracy, Citizenship and the Jury System

Framing Question:
· What is the role of the citizen?

Activity:
· Medieval jury exercise (role playing)

Medieval Period

Lesson Plan:
Sovereignty and the Law: Challenging the Divine Right to Rule

Framing Question:
· What limits can be placed on the sovereign's power?

Activities:
· Q&A session re: defining rights
· Ayesha's Hijab :Role-play to examine avenues of redress for students

Expansion and Industrialism

Lesson Plan:
Worlds Meet: International Law and the Relationship between Law and Authority

Framing Questions:
· Who decides between authorities?
· What is the relationship between authority and law?

Activity:
Amistad case - role playing

Expansion and Industrialism/Imperialism

Lesson Plan:
Legal Protection of Humans and Resources

Framing Questions:
· What happens to the structure of power when resources are perceived to be scarce?
· How can legal systems promote balance?

Activities:
· Comparison of child labor laws and resources are to modern examples (injury rates, wages)
· Mock workers' compensation hearing (teen workers)
· Workers’ Compensation (worksheet)

Alternative Lesson Plan:
· Comparison of indentured servant, African slave, and modern-day immigrant experience

1900-1945/World Wars

Lesson Plan:
Conflict & Equality: Voting Rights and Changing View of Citizenship

Framing Questions:
· Do rights expand and contract?
· Who is entitled to vote?

Activities:
· Define citizen and suffrage
· Mock amendment ratification
Voting Rights and Changing Views of Citizenship (worksheet)

Post World War II

Lesson Plan:
International Movements for Civil and Human Rights

Framing Question:
· How can power structures be changed?

Activities:
· Peace Movements
· Gandhi and MLK, Jr.

"Modern" Era

Lesson Plan:
Protection of Individual Rights in the Modern World

Framing Question:
· What limits individual rights?

Activities
· Students identify rights from Constitution/select case law and then role play to view how one right might impinge on another

Celebration/closing
Culminating activity

A.C.E. Curriculum Toolbox Alternative Lessons

Want to supplement or change the curriculum? Below you will find alternative lessons and links to lessons available on the Internet to help you customize your lessons to meet the needs of the students in your class.

Alternative Lessons

These lessons have been added to our toolbox for A.C.E. Teams that are not in a world history class, or need other topics based upon their students' classroom curriculum.

Lesson plan: “Can the Government Keep a Secret?” from the Center for Civic Education (Available for classroom use only; please acknowledge copyright if used).
http://www.civiced.org/pdfs/yfj/YFJHighLesson.pdf

Lesson plan: Search and Seizure (from Educator’s reference desk)
http://www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Social_Studies/US_Government/GOV0036.html