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As Bob Dylan so famously wrote, "The times they are a-changin'." Through a series of discussions, indepedent class work, and a whole-class simulation young scholars explore how the amendment process allows the US Constitution to change and adapt with the times.
Students explore Latinos and the Fourteenth Amendment. In this government and law lesson, students analyze the ruling in Hernandez v. Texas. Students predict how the United States would be different if the court had made an alternated decision. Students write an essay.
Students describe the contents of the First Amendment while telling about an example of speech that is protected by the Constitution and that which is not. They attempt to apply the First Amendment to situations that could occur in their own lives.
Students examine the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment. In this Reconstruction Era instructional activity, students read and analyze 4 Supreme Court decisions regarding the Fourteenth Amendment and determine how the decisions impacted citizen rights.
Students write an essay analyzing the language of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.  In this US History lesson plan, students review the difference between implicit and explicit meanings. Students watch a video on the Fourteenth Amendment and fill out two corresponding handouts. Students write an essay to explore the implicit and explicit language in the amendment.
Students examine the Second Amendment. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students watch a discovery video regarding the right to bear arms as they research gun control and gun rights to prepare for a classroom debate.
How does the Bill of Rights, created over 200 years ago, still apply to the lives of American citizens to this day? Here is a fantastic resource that includes several resources on approaching the Bill of Rights with your class. After reviewing the document, class members will break into groups and act out scenarios involving the primary concepts related to each of the first ten amendments.
Here is a wonderful way to introduce your learners to the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights. There are 16 questions designed to generate thinking and discussion questions about the Fifth Amendment. This lesson is extremely well-written, and the game is quite ingenious. Quite often, a game format like this fosters enhanced learning for everyone. Highly recommended!
Students use the newspaper as a tool to make connections about what the five freedoms guarantee in the First Amendment. In this first amendment lesson plan, students analyze events in the newspaper to form conclusions about the freedoms of the First Amendment. Students develop critical thinking skills, decision-making, summary, writing, problem solving, and researching.
Here is a well-designed study guide on the United States Constitution that can also be used as an assessment. The worksheets review requirements for becoming president and congressional leaders, order of succession to the presidency, how bills become laws, and Constitutional amendments.
Learners investigate amendments to the Constitution. In this government lesson, students research how an amendment is made and amendments that have both passed and failed. They write their own amendment and attempt to have it pass by the class voting.
Students trace the historical background of the sixth Amendment to the Constitution. They identify the legal issues and legal arguments in the cases studied, and evaluate the court's decisions.
High schoolers study the legal battles involving same-sex marriage. They examine primary sources and a video regarding the 14th amendment and its implications for gay marriage. They analyze a report of a California case that was sent to the Supreme Court and what that means in regard to legislation. This lesson may touch on subject matter that may lead to class discussions involving strong personal viewpoints which should be considered prior to use.
Fifth graders research and paraphrase the Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. In this Amendments lesson plan, 5th graders experience bias and discuss the Amendments. Students research for more information and paraphrase each Amendment in preparation for an interview. They interview 10 people about the Amendments and create a bar graph to represent data.
What do your pupils know about abusive relationships and equal rights? Expand their knowledge with a series of activities that provide discussion opportunities and information about rights and abuse. First addressing issues relating to violence against women, this set of lessons also requires pupils to examine in detail various amendments and acts that affect women. A range of different methods are used to help individuals learn the material, including debate, writing, and research.
Can students be allowed to say what they want in print or on the Internet, free from interference by the school? With the advent of Facebook and other social networking sites where all expressions are chronicled and monitored, where to draw the line on what is legal and free of censorship can become blurry. In a structured academic controversy activity, help your class determine where they stand on the issue of student expression under the First Amendment.
Students review the articles of the Constitution and identify the amendments to the Constitution. They use the skills of analysis and synthesis in matching the present day situation with the correct Amendment that applies.
Students examine what an amendment to the US Constitution is and they study the process by which the Constitution is amended. They discuss the process to determine its positives and negatives. Finally, they create group presentations that are aimed at gaining support for an amendment, and research a failed amendment.
Fifth graders study the First Amendment to the Constitution. They participate in a simulation whereby a dictatorship is created. As a class, pupils discuss the Bill of Rights and the freedoms given. Given specific situation pertaining to freedoms, classmates identify the problem, consider advantages of certain options, and develop a solution.
Pupils research and explore the First Amendment and what it means to them.

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