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Site Review: Constitutional Rights Foundation


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Content:  The Constitutional Rights Foundation seeks to instill in youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The foundation also aims to encourage young people to become active and responsible participants in our society.

Design:  Clearly and logically, CRF presents content via a main navigation bar across the top of the screen. From there, users can dig deeper into an issue or subject through subpages.

Beneath the main graphic on the homepage are a few paths to promoted content. Given the size of the site and volume of available content, the homepage’s simplicity certainly offers a “tip of the iceberg” feel.

Review:  Educators can explore a wealth of lesson plans and classroom materials here. Of particular note are materials regarding the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Examples include:

Tips for teachers on handling tragic events
Resources on terrorism

Reflecting on Sept. 11, 2001

America responds to terrorism

The site includes both original content and links to aggregated content, so users get the benefit of CRF resources as well as access to other good teacher sites.

Bottom Line: The Constitutional Rights Foundation is a win-win resource for social studies, history and current events classes, providing solid original content and lesson plans, as well as links to other quality sites.


Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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