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E-newsletter About Judicial Branch of Government

The Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center is launching Justitia, a new quarterly e-newsletter for social studies educators. It will contain information and resources about the judicial branch of government for 3rd grade through high school.

Anyone may subscribe to the e-newsletter by sending an e-mail to LearningCenter:
[email protected] An archive of issues is available.

If you have any questions about the publication, please contact Rachael L. Drenovsky, Learning Center Coordinator, Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center, P.O. Box 30205, Lansing, MI 48909.
E-mail: [email protected] or 517-373-5027.

Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center

Key Michigan Resources

Oakland Schools has development resources for social studies teachers.

Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Alignment Project
This project provides information about the scope and meaning of the social studies content expectations and indicates how they will be assessed at each grade level.

Wayne RESA Social Studies Resources Page
David Hales, Social Studies Consultant, Wayne RESA, has created an excellent resource site for K-12 social studies teachers. Using a BlackBoard platform, David offers a wide variety of timely links to augment your social studies classroom instruction. Check his site out at:

Michigan Citizenship Collaborative
The Michigan Citizenship Collaborative is a group of social studies content experts who are developing curriculum resources aligned with new Michigan Social Studies Expectations. The units are in varying stages of completion. We thank the members of the Collaborative for their work in support of classroom instruction.

Other Michigan Resources Include:

Other Key Resources

  • Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library - This library is a global collaborative project which provides access in bibliographic and in hypertext terms to networked scholarly documents, resources and information systems concerned with a given field of expertise. All links are inspected and evaluated before being added to this virtual library.
  • Best of History Websites - A portal that contains links to over 1200 history websites as well as links to quality K-12 history lesson plans, teachers and guides, activities, games, quizzes and more.
  • Hispanic American USA - Hispanic America USA Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides an overview of contributions of Hispanics and Spanish-speaking Americans - world and United States history.
  • History Matters - This site is designed for high school and college teachers and students providing a gateway to web resources for teaching U.S. history
  • Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections - The IECC mailing lists are provided free by St. Olaf College to help teachers and classes link with partners in other countries and cultures for e-mail classroom pen-pal and project exchanges. Since its creation in 1992, IECC has distributed over 19,000 requests for e-mail partnerships. At last count, more than 6,500 teachers in approximately 70 countries were participating in at least one IECC list.
  • Kid's Web - Kid's Web provides students with a subset of the Web that is simple to navigate, and contains information targeted at the K-12 level.
  • The Library of Congress - This site contains documents, photographs, movies, and sound recordings that tell America's story. Find such things as the George Washington Papers and Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library.
  • National Geographic - The Web site of the National Geographic Society. Links to National Geographic for Kids magazine, television programs, items for sale, and more.
  • University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology - The Museum of Anthropology is one of the major archaeological research and teaching facilities in the United States. The museum does not maintain exhibit space and its collections are usually not available for public viewing. This Web site is designed to make available images and information about selected collections from the museum holdings. The site also contains information about the museum's publications, and archaeological site lists for the state of Michigan and Indian grave inventories. This is a graphically intensive site. A high-speed connection is recommended.