Structure & Meetings
- Club Structure – Initial Meeting Decisions to consider –
- Determine how often to meet – weekly, bi-monthly, etc.
- Determine length of meeting – generally one hour to accommodate curriculum and discussion
- Student Officers – Recommend President, VP, Secretary & Treasurer
- Adult participants –
- Host (Teacher whose room you use)
- Advisor/Facilitator (IOTC graduate who is able to lead the IOTC 12-week course with DVDs and discussion questions)
- Other assistants – Parents or other IOTC graduates
- Be sure club meeting room has A/V equipment for showing DVDs (and hopefully internet access for Skype and/or current event articles or You-tubes.
- Determine supply needs for adults and students and how those needs will be met.
- IOTC offers a Free Complimentary Host Kit to anyone who starts a club and/or offers to teach. Kit includes DVDs, test answers to homework questions in Student Manual, and detailed agenda and instruction sheet for each lecture.
- Student Manuals are available for purchase for $35. (Best option)
- Hosts may make copies of tests and lectures using school copier. (lesser option)
- Meeting Structure/Format – Ideas to consider
- Every Meeting – Open meetings with Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance
- First Meeting Introductions –
- Adult participants (give 30-60 second story – name, occupation, why you’re part of this American Club)
- Student participants (30-60second story – name, grade/age, why they’re interested in an American Club)
- Every Meeting – Have Secretary prepare sign-up sheets –
- Weekly attendance
- Contact info – e-mails and phone numbers
- Every Meeting – Snacks – have students and adults determine how to fund this and who will provide it for each meeting. (i.e. club dues, pass a “bucket” at each meeting, get a volunteer for next meeting, etc.
- Treasurer should keep records of club dues, snack money, etc., and report weekly
- First Meeting – IOTC Advisor/Facilitator – Give a brief overview of the following (See “Script” – at bottom of III. to answer the next three questions) –
- Who is the IOTC? (See “Script”)
- What are American Clubs all about? (See “Script”)
- IOTC 12-week Constitution course description (See “Script”)
- Overview /objectives for Week One (Found in IOTC Student Manual.)
- Discuss details for purchasing/providing supplies for students
- After First Meeting – Every club begins with teaching 12-week IOTC Constitution course
- Show weekly DVD Lecture by Jake MacAulay
- Use Host Manual for good discussion questions afterwards
- Every Meeting – Encourage students to bring weekly current events to discuss the Constitutional aspects of them and answer such questions as:
- Is this Constitutional?
- Did any of this story support the founders “American View of Law and Government?”
- If you were in a position of leadership, how would you have approached this (from a Constitutional perspective)?
- Ask for input/ideas for projects students may wish to undertake relative to what they are learning. (See outline, Part 3 for suggested activities AFTER 12-week course is completed.)
- Be sure to order graduation diplomas from IOTC ahead of time for those who qualify. (attending at least 10 of the 12 lessons)
- In Between Meetings – some suggestions
- IOTC Advisor/Facilitator – Stay in touch by e-mail, such as –
- Thank you for attending – great meeting!
- Summary of key teaching/discussion points
- Current event/U-Tube relative to last week’s meeting/discussion
- Reminder for next American Club meeting
- Preview some upcoming week’s highlights/overview
- Ask them to invite friends and others
- Snack reminder (if students are responsible for it)
- Be sure club meeting is part of school announcements in the morning. Make certain to mention FREE FOOD.
- Print some flyers (using school printer) to hand out to invite other students and post them in various locations around the school.
- IOTC Advisor/Facilitator – Stay in touch by e-mail, such as –
Script for II. F. 1.2.3. – Three Question Answers (from page #?:
What is the IOTC?
A Christian attorney and former Presidential Candidate, Michael Anthony Peroutka, is the founder of the Institute on the Constitution, headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland. Discovering that the teaching of law in America had been perverted away from its original design, Michael determined to investigate America’s founding and the roots of our law in English Common Law and the Bible. This led to the founding of the IOTC.
What are American Clubs all about?
American Clubs emphasize the significance of The American View of Law and Government, teaching high school and college students their American heritage, and the original intent of the Constitution. Through the use of primary source documents, DVDs, current event discussions and other media, students will be empowered to lead by living out their faith with courage and conviction.
IOTC 12-week Constitution course description
The IOTC course is a history and non-partisan government class, introducing the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and the U. S. Constitution, alongside our Biblical heritage and the concept of limited government. Beginning with the Bible the student will learn of the origins of history, law and government, followed by stories of America’s discovery, settlement and evangelization, all from primary source documents. The worldview of the founding fathers is discussed, followed by a line upon line study of the U. S. Constitution.
Ideas For Your American Club After the IOTC Course Is Completed
- Provide a graduation for the students and invite an IOTC staff member to attend, speak, and hand out diplomas.
- Organize and sponsor an IOTC speaker event (or with any speaker that can present a lecture on constitutional topics) and invite friends, family and the community to the event.
- Show the DVD Monumental by Kirk Cameron. It’s a great history of the Pilgrims and explains the formula for freedom our forefathers left us on a monument in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- Show the DVD America, Imagine The World Without Her by Dinesh D’Souza. This movie will present the students with how our nation’s history has been rewritten and what is the truth about America’s history. This DVD could be used as a catalyst for a discussion on historical revisionism and the importance of using original source documents to discover the truth about history.
- Continue to learn more about our nation’s history and founding documents by showing David Barton’s Building on the American Heritage series…a set of six DVDs with 13- 30 minute episodes with an accompanying workbook (optional). Go to David Barton’s website www.wallbuilders.com to find this resource and the many other resources that are available.
- Show and discuss IOTC DVDs that are not a part of the IOTC course on the Constitution. Go to www.theamericanview.com and click on “store” then click on “video” to find the DVDs you might want to use.
- Have students write an editorial for the newspaper or an article for the IOTC website or Facebook. Teach them persuasive writing skills that will assist them in writing the articles.
- Have students produce a YouTube video for the IOTC website. Teach them persuasive communication skills that will help them in presenting their point of view in the video.
- Have the students write a letter to their congressman. Use the opportunity to educate the congressman on constitutional principles that apply to the issue or piece of legislation the students are writing about.
- Have students enter Constituting America’s “We the Future Contest.” There are several categories students can enter including an essay, song, film, etc. with topics focused on the Constitution. Go to http://constitutingamerica.org/downloads.php for more information.
- Have the students write and deliver a speech for the American Legion’s Oratorical Contest to win a scholarship. For more information go to http://www.legion.org/oratorical/about.
- Write an essay for the AMVETS Americanism Program to earn a financial award, or if you are a 9th grade participant, you can also win a trip to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Go to http://www.amvets.org/americanism/ to find out more information.
- Read and discuss the book The 5,000 Year Leap. This book contains the 28 principles of liberty that our founders used to establish our government. Each chapter provides information on one principle. The 5,000 Year Leap can be purchased at www.nccs.net for $5.00 each if 10 or more copies are purchased.
- Use current events as a topic for discussion. Ask the students: “Is this constitutional?” “Does any of this support the founders” American View of Law and Government?” “If you were in a position of leadership, how would you have approached this?”
- Teach your students about the man-made worldviews (Socialism and Secular Humanism) that are impacting and changing our American view of law and government.
- Read biographies of our nation’s founders and discuss them.
- Ask an IOTC instructor to Skype a virtual presentation to the class.
- Get in touch with a local, state, or nationally elected official to speak to the group. Help the students to prepare questions in advance. Include questions that will determine the elected official’s understanding of the Constitution. (For example: “Do you believe the Constitution is a living, breathing document that is constantly changing or do you believe in the original intent of the Constitution?”)
- Vet candidates for a local office then volunteer to help the candidate that most closely represents constitutional principles.
- “Adopt” a veteran for a Christmas care package or visit a VA hospital.
- Have the students attend a local town council meeting to observe the procedures and responsibilities of the town council.
- Organize or help with a Liberty Camp for elementary students. For more information on Liberty Camps go to http://www.theamericanview.com/how-to-start-a-liberty-camp/.