Number of Semesters
Constitutional Literacy Workbook only. You can buy it anywhere books are sold or used. Link below:
1 Hour per week
1 Hour per week
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About the course
Written from a Constitutionally Conservative perspective, this course will guide students to understand that our current judicial system is not following the rule of law-meaning that courts follow a fixed and knowable meaning of each written document, based upon the original meaning of the document.
The Constitution is the document that's guided the development of the United States of America from its inception. It was formed by the Founding Fathers by the authority of the people, and it was expected that "We the People" would be vigilant to protect and defend its contents and abide by its restrictions on power.
Dr. Michael Farris, founder and chancellor of Patrick Henry College and chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, brings the U.S. Constitution to life for modern Americans by examining these questions: What does the Constitution actually say? What does it mean? What were the Founders' intentions for this document? And how is it being interpreted to shape our laws and way of life today?
Students will first read the workbook chapter ahead of class, then watch the DVD lecture with the workbook during class on Fridays, pausing and answering questions as we watch the video. We will work at the rate of one episode per week so we can finish in two semesters.
Lessons contain the following segments:
• Purpose: lists objectives
• Parlance: lists legal terminology with space to copy the definition of each word
• Preamble: the topic introduction with historical background or framed in the context of everyday life
• Ponder: a digging deeper section that tests knowledge and comprehension with study questions
• Payoff: a summarization of the issues and arguments
• Probe: assignments to self-explore how concepts relate to contemporary issues
A link to all of the online answers for the study questions is included. Please note that two chapters deal with abortion and homosexual rights and will be skipped in class so that students can watch with their parents and discuss in a way that is acceptable for each individual family.