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CRF’s Bill of Rights in Action (BRIA) is a free resource published four times a year. An archive of BRIAs is available on our web site, and we have included samples in the free lessons below.

9th Grade

Courts in the Classroom is an animated web site with activities that introduce students to the law and legal system. It is sponsored by the Judicial Branch of California and CRF.

Educating About Intellectual Property is a web-based project that provides PowerPoint-driven lessons and other resources to educate young people about the role and importance of intellectual property in our society. It examines the laws and policies in place to protect both the owners of intellectual property and the citizens who use it. The lessons are based on real case studies, including Coldplay v. Satriani, and Shepard Fairey v. AP, and include moot courts and other interactive methods.

Educating About Immigration is a web-based project focusing on policy-related issues of immigration. This site provides an array of content on immigration issues. Teachers can access lessons tailored to specific articles in the Current Issues section. More general lesson ideas for use with the Proposed Legislation and Court Cases content can also be found in the Lesson Plans section. Students can get help with an immigration research project, share an opinion, or become active in the issues you care about by clicking on the For Students tab. You may also want to do a service project using our project ideas.

10th Grade

“Communism, Capitalism, and Democracy in China” from Bill of Rights in Action  (CA HSS Standard 10.1)

“U.S. Involvement in Nation-Building Before Iraq” from Bill of Rights in Action (CA HSS Standard 10.1)

“The Code Napoleon” from Democrats & Dictators  (CA HSS Standard 10.2.2)

“Mussolini and the Rise of Fascism” from Bill of Rights in Action (CA HSS Standard 10.8.5)

11th Grade

“Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle: Muckraking the Meat-Packing Industry” from Bill of Rights in Action (CA HSS Standard 11.2.1)

“Should Students Have the Right to Lead Prayers in Public Schools?” from Bill of Rights in Action  (CA HSS Standard 11.3.5)

"Wartime and the Bill of Rights: The Korematsu Case” from Bill of Rights in Action (CA HSS Standard 11.7.5)

“The Civil Rights Movement” from The Challenge of Diversity (CA HSS Standards 11.10.4)

Check out lessons in the Teachers’ section on CRF’s Educating About Immigration web site. (CA HSS Standard 11.11.1)

12th Grade

“Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau on Government” from Bill of Rights in Action (CA HSS Standard 12.1.1)

“Miranda v. Arizona” from Landmarks: Historic U.S. Supreme Court Decisions (CA HSS Standard 12.5.4)

“Policymaking in the Three Branches of Government” from The Civic Action Project (CA HSS Standard 12.7.6)

“Setting the Public Agenda” from The Challenge of Governance (CA HSS Standard 12.8.3)

“Should Voting Be Compulsory in our Democracy” from Deliberating in a Democracy. (CA HSS Standard 12.9.1)