CIVICS AND GOVERMENT

12 ANGRY MEN

(Jury deliberations and due process – U.S./1945 – 1991 & The Law; SEL: Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness; Respect; Citizenship) [11+]

ALL THE KING’S MEN

(political corruption – U.S./1913 – 1941, Politics & Louisiana; Literature/U.S.; SEL Ambition; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Fairness) [13+]

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

(the Press, political corruption – U.S./1945 – 1991 & Politics; SEL: Courage; Teamwork; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Fairness; Citizenship) [12+]

AMERICAN VIOLET

(U.S. 1991 – Present; Civics; Plea Bargaining; Snippet: Film Clips: First 31 minutes of the film; Lesson: one and one-half 45 – 55 minute class periods [13+]

AMISTAD

(three branches of government; due process – U.S./1812 – 1860 & Diversity; SEL: Justice; Courage; Rebellion; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Caring; Citizenship) [14+]

BILLY BUDD

(Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices: theme, characterization & irony; World/Britain; Seafaring; SEL: Justice; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness) [14+]

THE BIRTH OF THE CONSTITUTION

Short Subject

From the series “This is America Charlie Brown”

(Origins of U.S. Democracy – Smithsonian and Presidency (the Presidency) — Short Subject —¬† (U.S./Creating the Nation; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Citizenship) [9 – 12; 24 minutes]

THE CRUCIBLE

(due process; Red Scare of the 1950s – U.S./1629 – 1750, 1945-1991 & Massachusetts; Drama/U.S.; SEL: Justice; Marriage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Fairness) (Two versions, one in French with English Subtitles) [12+]

GANDHI

(Civil Rights Movement; non-violent mass action as a source of social change – Biography; World/India, South Africa, England & 1800s – Cold War Era; U.S./Diversity; Religions; SEL: Rebellion; Peace/Peacemakers; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship) [10+]

GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI

(Civil Rights Movement; Due Process; the Court system – U.S./1945 – Present, Diversity, the Law & Mississippi; SEL: Courage; Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+]

SELMA

( U.S.: 1945-1991; Civil Rights Movement; Civics; SEL: Leadership; Courage; Human Rights; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness, Citizenship) [12+]

A FORCE MORE POWERFUL

Snippet Lesson Plan on the Civil Rights Movement – The Nashville Sit-ins

(Civil Rights Movement; non-violent mass action as a source of social change); 1960

THE OX-BOW INCIDENT

(Due Process – U.S./The Frontier and the West; 1865 – 1913; The Law; & Nevada; SEL: Justice; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Fairness) [12+]

THE PAW PROJECT

(Lesson Plan in Civics and American Government: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY; U.S./Politics & California; SEL: Caring for AnImals; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Citizenship) [13+]

IRON JAWED ANGELS

(Women’s Suffrage; non-violent mass action as a source of social change – U.S. 1913 – 1929; SEL: Human Rights; Courage; Leadership; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Fairness) [11+]

JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG

(international law – U.S./1941 – 1945, The Law; World/WW II; SEL: Justice; Human Rights, Male Role Model; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Respect, Responsibility Fairness) [10+]

INHERIT THE WIND

(Court System and Individual Rights – Cinema; U.S./1913 – 1929 & Tennessee; Cinema; SEL: None; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness) [12+]

THE INSIDER

(the Court system, Due Process – U.S./1991 – present, the Law and the Press; SEL: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Families in Crisis, Marriage, Crime, Courage; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness, Responsibility, Citizenship) [13+]

STAND AND DELIVER 

(burden of proof in criminal, civil and non-governmental proceedings; Due Process – U.S./1941 – 1996, Diversity & California; Mathematics; ELA; SEL: Male Role Model; Self-esteem; Education; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: character, symbols, subplot, foils and irony]

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

(Due Process – For Love or Country (human rights of artists) (U.S./1929 – 1941, the Law & Diversity; Literature/U.S. & Literary Devices; SEL: Justice; Male Role Model; Courage; Mental Illness; Parenting; Disabilities; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; Citizenship) [11+; Literary devices analyzed: symbol; flashback; irony; humor]

WHISTLEBLOWERS

A Unit on National Security Whistleblowers featuring a choice of four films: Citizenfour; War on Whistleblowers, Silenced, and The Most Dangerous Man in America (U.S. 1945 – Current & the Press; the Law; Civics; SEL: Courage; Moral-Ethical Responsibility; Citizenship) [13+]