Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. This year’s Law Day theme, Realizing the Dream: Equality for All, provides an opportunity to explore the movement for civil and human rights in America and the impact that it has had in promoting the idea of equality under the law. In partnership with the American Bar Association, ConnectEd is honored to be a provider of Law Day 2013 Resources for Teachers and Students with the inclusion of its two newly developed curriculum resources for educators. These materials are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. In fact, the materials show which of the Common Core standards are addressed at specific points in the lessons. The new resources are valuable curriculum additions for teachers and students in law classes, as well as social science classes, especially U.S. history and American Democracy.
This past summer, in partnership with the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society, and Thurgood Marshall Academic High School in San Francisco, ConnectEd developed two new multi session lessons focusing on two well know African American Judges – Judge Cecil Poole and Judge Thelton Henderson. These lessons were developed to accompany two rich sources of information– a biography on Judge Cecil Poole and a video on Judge Thelton Henderson. They can be used as stand-alone or drop in lessons in U.S. History and American Government courses. To learn more about the Cecil Poole and Thelton Henderson lessons, view the lesson summaries.
These lessons can be downloaded for free. Note: If you are using Safari, left click on the links, hover your mouse at the bottom of the new window and click on the floppy disk icon on the very left to download.
In addition to the new curriculum resources, our partners at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society are offering FREE copies of the Cecil Poole: A Life in the Law book and copies of the film Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey to educators today! Supply is limited, and books and videos are released on a first come, first served basis. To get your class a copy of the book, complete this form. To get your class a copy of the video, or the video, complete this form.
If you are interested in more resources, join ConnectEd Studios and be a part of the Statewide Law and Justice group. It is regularly updated with new tools and resources.