Educational Materials for Instruction on Bill of Rights

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The upcoming 200th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, Dec. 15, has prompted the development over recent years of numerous educational programs and materials. The following is a partial list of national groups that publish listings of many such resources:

  • The Center for Research and Development in Law- Related Education (CRADLE) has published a catalog listing 1,300 teacher-written lesson plans on the Bill of Rights, as well as 67 resource materials on the subject produced by other organizations. Copies of the "National Repository Catalog of Teacher-Developed Lesson Plans on Law and the Constitution" are available for a fee from: CRADLE, Wake Forest University School of Law, P.O. Box 7206, Reynolda Station, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27109; telephone (919) 759-5872 or 1-800-437-1054.
  • The American Bar Association publishes a free catalog of Bill of Rights teaching resources. To order the catalog or any other materials published by the group, contact: Tammy Russo, A.B.A. Division for Public Education, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, Ill. 60611-3314; telephone (312) 988-5745.
  • "Resources for Teachers on the Bill of Rights," a volume by the ER@c Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, contains a bibliography and a directory of hundreds of national and state organizations promoting teaching about the Constitution. The 214-page guide is also a resource itself, with sample lessons on the Bill of Rights, reprints of key historical documents, background papers on the subject, and a Bill of Rights chronology. The guide is available for $15 a copy, plus $2 for shipping and handling, from: Publications Manager, Social Studies Development Center, Indiana University, 2805 East 10th St., Suite 120, Bloomington, Ind. 47408.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union has a directory of briefing papers, books, pamphlets, and posters on lawsuits that involved the Bill of Rights. The address is: 132 West 43rd St., New York, N.Y. 10036; telephone (212) 9449800, extension 607.
  • A catalog of publications pertaining to the Bill of Rights is also available from the American Historical Association upon request. The address is: 400 A St., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003; telephone (202) 544-2422. . A booklet developed for the 1991 National History Day competition, "Rights in History," also contains resource materials and bibliographies. Call or write: National History Day, 11201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106; telephone (216) 421-8803.
    --D.v.

Vol. 11, Issue 14, Page 14

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