My co-author, Sanford Levinson, is a Constitutional scholar who teaches at the University of Texas and Harvard Law Schools. You can read about him and his other works here. To see how we wrote it together, read our Q&A with Gayleen Rabakukk on Cynthia Leitich-Smith’s Cynsations blog.
Peachtree’s Discussion Guide is packed with engaging questions, fun activities, and easy printables, including “I Am Constitutionally Literate” stickers!
School Library Journal published terrific Teaching Ideas for social studies and humanities classrooms.
Math teachers: You can find lesson plans, explanations, videos, graphics, and activities galore at “Investigating Gerrymandering and the Math Behind Partisan Maps.”
Be sure to subscribe to our Fault Lines in the Constitution blog, which updates the book every two weeks. (That’s how timely it is!)
CONTEST! Until February 28, 2018, students can enter our Blog-a-Fault-Line Contest!! Winners’ blogs are posted on our site, and their schools get a free Skype visit from the co-authors!
The National Archives and Records Administration Education Office has developed terrific games related to the Constitution. Two of them relate directly to Fault Lines in the Constitution.
Many public radio stations interviewed Sandy and me about Fault Lines in the Constitution. Here are links to conversations that are particularly informative:
- “Exploring the Constitution’s Flaws” with Jonathan Capeheart on the Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, October 16, 2017
- “The Imperfect Nature of the Constitution” with John Baxter on Jefferson Public Radio, August 30, 2017
- “Ideasphere” with Guy Rathbun on PRX, August 31, 2017
- “The Best of Our Knowledge” with Bob Barrett on WAMC, September 21, 2017
- “Nightside with Dan Rea,” on WBZ, September 26, 2017
- “Talk Nation Radio” with David Swanson, October 3, 2017
- “Rising Up” with Sonali, October 5, 2017
- “Conversations” with Dan Skinner on Kansas Public Radio, December 27, 2017
These websites are especially useful:
- Books on the Constitution by Sandy Levinson, my co-author, include Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance and Our Undemocratic Constitution: Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (And How We the People Can Correct It)
- For deep background and great stories on what happened at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, we recommend Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman.
- Don’t forget to read the Constitution itself!