Many states are either updating or passing new laws regarding civics education for their K-12 students. For example, Illinois’ new civics graduation requirement goes into effect for incoming 2016-17 high school freshman and South Carolina’s new law specifically requires study of America’s Founding Principles and Documents. The renewed interest in formally educating American students on their shared heritage calls for updated presentations of crucial citizenship information in a way that speaks to 21st century students.
These students live in a Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat world of blogposts and tweets. Translating 18th Century English into a 21st Century communications style, Constitutional Sound Bites and its Spanish companion, Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales convey a solid understanding of America’s Founding Principles and Documents in a way that meets the modern need.
Constitutional Sound Bites provides, in an FAQ format, not dry names, dates and places or “how a bill becomes a law”, but the ideas that motivated the creation of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights and the keys to understanding the documents that are our common heritage.
The book is suitable as a text book, outside reading or for a teacher wishing to enhance a classroom presentation. The emphasis is that the principles involved in America’s Founding are not Republican, Democrat, liberal or conservative, but American.
More on the English language version can be found at this link, and the Spanish at this link. More on author and former state prosecutor David J. Shestokas is here, and Spanish language collaborator Dr. Berta Arias is here.
For inquiries regarding bulk sales or Mr. Shestokas’ availability to speak to a class or at an assembly, please use the contact form at this link.
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“Declaration of Independence – Did you know?
- Thomas Jefferson became a lawyer at 24 years old and wrote the “Declaration” at age 33.
- The impact of the “Declaration of Independence” upon the world was dramatic. When written in 1776 it was the first such document in history to declare a people free and self-governing.
- Before the “Declaration of Independence”, a government was typically an empire controlled by a royal family.
- The Declaration of Independence issued a list of grievances against King.
- Jefferson patterned the Declaration like a complaint in a court case. There is a statement of law, a list of violations of law and the proper remedy for those violations
Preamble to Constitution – Words and phrases as understood by our Founding Fathers – Did you know? (Read more here)
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The U.S. Constitution explained in Spanish
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- Thoughts on the Declaration of Independence (DoI)
- Why should we study it?
- What were the risks if the framers signed this document?
- What impact did the ‘DoI’ have upon the world?
- The Preamble, the Constitution’s mission statement
- ….all those patriotic words, what do they mean?
- Shestokas tells us in simple words (Read more here)