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    The Constitution EXPLAINED: Video Series

    This comprehensive series of 35 short videos explains the text, history, and relevance of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and additional amendments in everyday language. Each video is assignable and ends with a call-to-action question, prompting learners to explore the topics further.

    Now available in Spanish - Todo sobre la constitution! Each video is accessible in both English and Spanish and is supported with a bilingual Teacher Guide. Click the Ver en español button on the video page for the Spanish version.

    Developed in partnership with the Center for Civic Education, and with the invaluable contributions of constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk, JD.

    This video series was made possible by Kenneth C. Griffin.

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    Constitution EXPLAINED: We the People

    The Preamble to the Constitution is the mission statement of the United States government. In just one sentence, the Preamble expresses the source of the Constitution’s power and summarizes its goals.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Constitutional Convention

    The Constitution was created by a convention that met in Philadelphia in May 1787 to amend the Articles of Confederation, the nation’s first constitution.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Foundations of the Constitution

    The structure of the Constitution is built on three key principles: federalism, separation of powers, and check and balances.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: The People's Branch

    Article I of the Constitution lays out the structure of the legislative branch, the branch that makes the laws.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: The Dos and Don'ts of…

    Article I of the Constitution grants powers to Congress and also sets limitations.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Who Chooses the President?

    Article II of the Constitution creates the office of the President of the United States (POTUS), determines how they are selected, and states the oath of office where they swear to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Faithfully Execute

    Article II of the Constitution gives powers to the president with the responsibility to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” including the most important – the Constitution itself.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: The Presidency Changes

    Amendments 20, 22, and 25 changed the office of the president.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: The Least Dangerous Branch

    Article III of the Constitution established judicial power – including judicial review – and life tenure for judges.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Full Faith and Credit

    Article IV of the Constitution regulates the relationships between the states.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: The Supreme Law of the Land

    The Supremacy Clause in Article VI makes federal law “the supreme law of the land” over state law.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: The Secret Sauce

    Article V allows for peaceful change through constitutional amendments.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Ratification

    In order to officially become law, the Constitution had to be ratified, or approved, by the states.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Freedom of Religion

    The First Amendment protects freedom of religion by preventing an established or official faith and supporting free exercise of religion.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Freedom of Expression

    The First Amendment protects freedom of speech and of the press. This idea is essential to the values that make up the U.S. democratic government.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: Freedom of Assembly and…

    The First Amendment protects the freedoms of assembly and petition.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: To Keep and Bear Arms

    The Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear arms.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.
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    Constitution EXPLAINED: My Home is My Castle

    The Third and Fourth Amendments protect privacy in the home.Engage all your students, including Spanish speakers and multilingual learners, and deepen learning with the accompanying bilingual Teacher Guides. Each guide includes vocabulary words, guiding questions, instructional and video-viewing strategies, as well as lesson ideas in Spanish and English.