Facing History's resources will help you meet the following California History–Social Science Framework standards:
12.1 Students explain the fundamental principles and moral values of American democracy as expressed in the U.S. Constitution and other essential documents of American democracy.
- Lesson: Defining Democracy
Examines different definitions of democracy and considers democracy’s relationship to communities and cultures.
- Lesson: Exploring Individual and American Identity
Identifies the ideals and values we share in common as a nation by watching a video clip from States Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith and analyzing a reading.
- Core Case Study: The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy
Examines the pivotal era when a nation divided by slavery and war was challenged to rebuild.
12.2 Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the scope and limits of rights and obligations as democratic citizens, the relationships among them, and how they are secured.
- Lesson: Citizen Power Makes Democracy Work
Explores citizenship, power, and responsibility using the work of civic entrepreneur Eric Liu.
- Lesson: Challenging Assumptions with Curiosity
Students practice being thoughtful about fellow citizens' identities, values, and perspectives by reflecting on a video featuring voices of young people from across the United States.
- Study guide: Becoming American: The Chinese Experience
Examines themes of identity and belonging in the context of the ways the first arrivals from China in the 1840s, their descendants, and recent immigrants have “become American.”
12.5 Students summarize landmark U.S. Supreme Court interpretations of the Constitution and its amendments.
- Reading: The Supreme Court and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck
Documents the case of Carrie Buck to learn about sterilization laws in the United States and to consider the impact that eugenics had on laws and public policy.
- Lesson: Eugenics and Civic Biology: An Exploration of Buck vs. Bell
Examines how the Supreme Court’s landmark decision regarding forced sterilization was influenced by the American Eugenics Movement.
- Video: The Road to Brown
Explores the legal case against segregation that launched the Civil Rights Movement.
- Reading: Eugenics, Race, and Marriage
Documents the case of Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter, who were prosecuted because they violated a Virginia law banning interracial couples from marrying.
12.6 Students evaluate issues regarding campaigns for national, state, and local elective offices
- Teaching Idea: Elections, Debates, and Cognitive Bias
Reflects on presidential debates and factors that shape our political judgments.
- Teaching Idea: How The World Votes: The Iowa Caucuses And Voter Representation
Examines how the caucuses work, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of voting in person, and explores the question of whether Iowa should be the first state to vote.
12.8 Students evaluate and take and defend positions on the influence of the media on American political life.
- Unit: Facing Ferguson: News Literacy in a Digital Age
Lessons feature video interviews with journalists and scholars and analysis of news coverage and social media.
- Core Case Study: Choices in the Little Rock (part 3, lesson 3)
Investigates the choices made by the Little Rock Nine and others in the community during efforts to desegregate Central High School in 1957.
- Study Guide: Teaching “Reporter”
Uses the film, Reporter, featuring New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof to help students explore what it means to be a global citizen in the information age.
12.9 Students analyze the origins, characteristics, and development of different political systems across time, with emphasis on the quest for political democracy, its advances, and its obstacles.
- Resource Collection: The Weimar Republic: The Fragility of Democracy
Explore this rich collection of readings, artwork, primary documents, and biographies, which documents the creativity and catastrophe of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919-1933).
12.10 Students formulate questions about and defend their analyses of tensions within our constitutional democracy and the importance of maintaining a balance between the following concepts: majority rule and individual rights; liberty and equality; state and national authority in a federal system; civil disobedience and the rule of law; freedom of the press and the right to a fair trial; the relationship of religion and government.
- Teaching Idea: Assessing the Strength of Democracy
Provides students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of democracy and a framework for making meaning of news stories about the tensions and conflicts in democracies today.