ACSBM / FCSBM Non-Partisan Program:
American Founders’ Month
Purpose: to Celebrate the Unique American Heritage Afforded us By the Founding Figures and Founding Documents
- Counter-act assertions that Standards are weak on American History & Civics and that Some Standards and Materials are “Un-American” in tone or character by locally strengthening the curriculum.
- Frequent, In depth exposure to content so that civics isn't a new subject when they arrive in 7th grade and (in Florida) need to pass the End of Course (EOC) exam.
- Build bridges between the classroom and elected and appointed officials, verterans, and non-partisan patriotic organizations resulting in stronger communities centered on American Values contained in the founding documents
History of American Founders' Month:
This program began life as a bill in the Florida State House. The FCSBM thought it was a timely idea and decided to "local-ize" it by making it a district level implementation.
On August 25th, 2015 a proclamation (See it here) declaring the month of September as American Founders' Month was made by the School Board of Indian River County launching our pilot program.
Integrating the schools into the community (& vice versa)- A similar proclamation is expected to be made in the Board of County Commissioners, encouraging elected and appointed staff to participate with the school district and to include the founding figures and documents in professional development.
FCSBM members are working on a technical paper and resource guide for implementation, based on the results of our pilot study which we will share with our members in hopes that other districts will voluntarily participate in September of 2017.
Many ideas worth exploring:
Lesson Plan Competition
Essay Competition for students
PSA "what it means to me" competition for students to create a 30 second video spot for local broadcast
Partnering with Foundations and Groups to put copies of the founding documents into the hands of students
Have an idea? Share it with us info (at) ACSBM (dot) Org
For Elementary Students:
Your local Veteran's Council-
Indian River Veterans Council- Americanism Program- For more information please call 772-696-5182 cost= FREE
Why America Is Free: A History of the Founding of the American Republic 1750-1800, by Hamburger, Fischer, and Gravlin
(4th - 8th grade primary audience, enrichment for other grades)
Liberty Day Institute: Lesson plans and games such as "are you smarter than a Founding Father"
Heritage Foundation Lessons:TEACHER'S edition here
This book is designed for students at the high-school level and above. Some lessons may be accessible to younger students.
Lesson Plans: Unit 1: Understanding The Constitution
Unit 2: The Legislature
- Lesson 3: The House of Representatives
- Lesson 4: The Senate
- Lesson 5: Congress's Economic Powers
- Lesson 6: Congress's War Powers
- Lesson 7: Congress's Territorial Powers, Implied Powers, Citizenship, and the Bureaucracy
- Lesson 8: Lawmaking and the Rule of Law
Unit 3: The Executive Branch
Unit 4: The Judicial Branch
- Lesson 11: Courts and Judges
- Lesson 12: Exercising the Judicial Power
- Lesson 13: Crime and Punishment
Unit 5: The Constitution, Federalism, and The States
Unit 6: Amendments and The Bill of Rights
- Lesson 15: The Amendment Process and the Bill of Rights
- Lesson 16: Substantive Amendments: Amendments I and II
- Lesson 17: Procedural Amendments: Amendments III, IV, and V
- Lesson 18: Procedural Amendments: Amendments VI, VII, and VIII
Unit 7: Slavery, Voting, and the Constitution
Editors at Heritage Foundation- (visit and support their efforts)
Julia Shaw, Managing EditorResearch Associate and Program ManagerB. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and PoliticsThe Heritage Foundation
Sonya Haskins, Contributing EditorAuthor of The Homeschooler’s Book of Lists
Matthew Spalding, Contributing EditorVice President, American StudiesDirector, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and PoliticsThe Heritage Foundation