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US Constitution: Building a Government (Part 1)

A United States Constitutional primer for middle schoolers, with consideration of the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court, and States Rights
Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
276 total reviews for this teacher
18 reviews for this class
Completed by 69 learners
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 5 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Tue, Dec 6

Dec 6, 2022 – Jan 3, 2023 (5 weeks)
4:00 – 4:55 PM
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Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
US Constitution 

US Bill of Rights

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators, <> (last viewed October 30, 2020)

Public Broadcasting Service, Haudenosaunee Culture; The Great Law as a Model for US Democracy, <> (Last viewed October 27, 2020)

Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, Albert H. Smyth, and Albert Henry Smyth. The Writings of Benjamin Franklin. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1907.

Hamilton, Alexander. Federalist No. 68. The Federalist. Ed. George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 2001. 351–52. 

Carey, George, and James McClellan, eds.The Federalist. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 2001.

Supreme Court decisions
Dredd Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393, 15 L. Ed. 691 (1856) 
Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, 16 S. Ct. 1138, 41 L. Ed. 256 (1896)
Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483, 74 S. Ct. 686, 98 L. Ed. 873 (1954) 
Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, 87 S. Ct. 1817, 18 L. Ed. 2d 1010 (1967)
Tinker v. DesMoines Independent School District, 393 U.S. 503, 89 S. Ct. 733, 21 L. Ed. 2d 731 (1969)  
N.Y. Times v. United States, 403 U.S. 713, 91 S. Ct. 2140, 29 L. Ed. 2d 822 (1971) 
United States v. Alvarez, 567 U.S. 709, 132 S. Ct. 2537, 183 L. Ed. 2d 574 (2012)


Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
Lives in the United States
Law, social studies, history, and civics teacher
276 total reviews
421 completed classes

About Me

I am a judge, former federal prosecutor, policy counsel, and college and law school professor. My bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and History, with a minor in Economics. I also earned a... 
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