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Subject: [Innovative-Teachers] ***COMMUNICATOR UPDATE: October 2003***

Welcome to The Dirksen Congressional Center's "Communicator" - a web-
based e-newsletter providing educators with news and ideas to
enhance civic education and improve the understanding of Congress --  


<<< Dirksen Center Grand Opening >>>

On September 26-28, 2003, more than 600 people attended Grand
Opening events as The Dirksen Center officially opened the doors to
its new facility.  Invited guests heard remarks from Dirksen Center
Board President Doug Crew, former House Republican Leader Robert H.
Michel, and current 18th district Congressman Ray LaHood who
announced his decision to donate his papers to The Center's $1.6
million facility.  

The new Dirksen Center facility is located on the east side of
Pekin, Illinois, at 2815 Broadway.  For information and photos of
The Center, visit:  

<<< Growing Online Subscriptions >>>

Today we have more than 12,000 subscribers who receive our monthly e-
newsletter, "Communicator."  The Center uses the "Communicator" to
deliver content to educators, to alert them to features of our Web
suite, and to test ideas for future programs.
Thanks to everyone for your interest!


<<< Perspective on Civil Liberties >>>

The terms "civil liberties" and "civil rights" are often confused
and used interchangeably, although their definitions differ.  Link
to our CongressLink glossary to find an easy way to distinguish
civil liberties from civil rights and help your students understand
the terms.  Find "Civil Liberties" at:

Our present understanding of civil liberties has developed over
time. Our AboutGovernment monthly hot link offers extensive
information on a number of issues related to civil liberties and
individual rights.  Find "American Civil Liberties Union" at:

Civil liberty protections to individuals in the states were extended
through the Fourteenth Amendment (1868).  Introduce our CongressLink
lesson plan, "Teaching the Amendments," to help students gain a
sense of their rights as United States citizens, as well as the
reality that many rights are limited and controversial.  This lesson
can be found at:

"Amending the Constitution" is another CongressLink lesson plan
that goes beyond the well-studied amendments contained in the Bill
of Rights and offers students insight into the changes the
Constitution has undergone.  Find this lesson at:

Although the Bill of Rights and the due process clause of the
Fourteenth Amendment guarantee every citizen certain freedoms and
rights, does the Fourteenth Amendment "incorporate" the protections
of the Bill of Rights and make them enforceable against the states?  
Help your students learn more about the Fourteenth Amendment and the
incorporation debate by visiting AboutGovernment.  Find "The
Incorporation Debate" at:

During the processing of former House Republican Leader Robert H.
Michel's papers, staff discovered several copies of a compilation of
quotes from Mr. Michel.  On October 22, 1986, during a speech before
Illinois students, the Congressman warned, "Don't take this freedom
you have for granted.  It has to be fought for and worked for on a
daily basis."   Find this quote and others included in the Michel
collection at:  

<<< Featured Grant-funded Project >>>

This month we aren't featuring a single grant-funded project.  
Instead we are extending an invitation to you to participate in one
of our grants programs -- the Robert H. Michel Civic Education
grants program. If you'd like to develop lesson plans or student
activities about the Constitution, or amendments, or even ideas for
new amendments, then consider applying for a grant.  Find
information about the Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants,
including a sample grant proposal and a list of previously awarded
grants at:
Take the fast, fun, and informative quiz, "How Free Are We?" found
on Congress for Kids:

** Freedom or Fortune? **
Which constitutional amendment grants Americans a "right to privacy"?

A) First Amendment
B) Fourth Amendment
C) Fifth Amendment
D) Sixth Amendment
E) No amendment; it's not listed in the Constitution

A minority of justices has wanted to apply the first eight
constitutional amendments to the states through the due process
clause, a position called total _____.

Answers to the September issue of "Fun, Facts, and Trivia" link here:    

Happy Halloween! Encourage your colleagues to subscribe to the
Communicator. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions,
contact Cindy Koeppel at mailto:ckoeppel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Your
feedback makes a difference!

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