This list of web links that may prove helpful and interesting in your independent inquiries:

Thanks to Mr. Cervantes for generating this very useful list of websites.  National Public Radio is heard daily around the world. This is a rich source of news, documentary, entertainment, political discourse, and just about any topic relating to current events, history, science and the arts. Most of the news programs are archived. The site’s excellent search engine allows one to hear programs from the last several years. The closest local affiliate is KVPR in Fresno. You can listen locally at 89.1 FM or on their web casts at �  Of particular interest and relevance to the class, are Justice Talking, a weekly show that discusses the law in American life and Left, Right and Center.
The latter is a weekly talk show whose panelists come from across political spectrum. They give their divergent views on current news stories relating to government policies, legal issues, and pending elections.  Another interesting program is The Thomas Jefferson Hour, a weekly show in which humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson assumes the persona of our third president and discusses politics and philosophy through Jefferson’s eyes.  This is the web site for the Public Television. Most of the television shows on PBS are available on tape or DVD and have correlating web sites. Many of these web sites also have lesson plans and teacher guides which can be downloaded easily.  This is the web site for the Smithsonian Institution. The Institution�s Museum of American History�s web site is
Within the Smithsonian�s web site are several sub-sites devoted to past exhibitions. Examples of these are, A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution. The web site is Another site devoted to an important constitutional issue is Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education. The web site can be found at  United Streaming has over 40,000 video clips on demand. You can search or browse the site for its massive holdings, but one of the great features is the ability to look for audio and visual resources according to the State Standards. To get an account, go to their home page, and enter our school�s access code: 99A9-3DE1 (all caps.). Once their server accepts the code, you can then set up a free personal account.  The Center for Civic Education mission statement reads, “The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation
dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other countries.

For user-friendly information about the Constitution, try

The Avalon Project of Yale Law School has an American Constitution web site at S.C.O.R.E. stands for “Schools of California Online Resources for Education.” This a great source of ideas, information and lesson plans. S.C.O.R.E. has links to over 5000 websites aligned to California’s History/Social Science Curriculum. You can search for projects or topics that are aligned to the California Content Standards.

Copies of the State Content Standards and Curriculum Frameworks can be found on the California Department of Education web site:


Thanks to Ms. Brandi Sherman for providing these links relating to the Supreme Court: (Database
on major constitutional cases heard by the United States Supreme Court,
with multimedia resources including digital audio of oral arguments.)


Thanks to Ms. April West for providing this link relating to the Japanese Internment:

Special thanks to Michelle Green and the 6th Grade History Club of Lexington (NE) Middle School for this great link on Presidential Power:

Thanks to Ms. Deborah Ward and Abby in Delaware for sharing this link:
“A Kid’s Local Internet Guide To Presidents”