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Learners interpret the Second Amendment. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students examine the right to bear arms as they compare 2 Michigan Supreme Court cases and discuss their personal interpretations of 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.
High schoolers explore the history of firearms. In this Bill of Rights lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation regarding the history of firearms. High schoolers then examine the Second Amendment and conduct research on gun control so that they are able to participate in a debate on the topic.
Students research Samuel Adams' role in the crafting of the Second Amendment. They consider how Adams' views evolved with time and write a one-page response linking their research to current events.
Students examine why they either do or do not have guns in their own household and how guns affect their sense of safety. They explore the controversy surrounding how best to interpret the Second Amendment by reading and discussing the article "A Liberal Case for Gun Rights Helps Sway Judiciary."
Young scholars consider both sides of the gun control debate. In this gun control lesson, students research the stance of the 2 sides of the debate and then participate in their own classroom debate on the topic.
Examine the Supreme Court case, District of Columbia vs Heller, to build a better understanding of the Bill of Rights. Learners visit three different websites, read the provided informational text, and then answer a series of critical thinking questions. Answers and web links are included.
In this second amendment worksheet, learners respond to 19 short answer questions about the right to bear arms and gun possession.
Students examine the Second Amendment of the Constitution. They research and organize key arguments and other fundementals of gun control. They participate in a debate defending the wording of the Second Amendment.
Upper graders critically examine the history and process of amending the U.S. Constitution in light of the current issue facing the courts on legalizing gay marriage. They read a variety of articles, watch news clips, and develop a position to discuss with the class. All necessary materials are included. The topic of gay marriage may not be appropriate for all learners to discuss, however this instructional activity is only using the topic to build an understanding of the Amendment process.
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.
Students explore the debate on how to curb gun violence in America. They prepare an argument for or against a strict interpretation of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and participate in a debate.
Students write an essay analyzing the language of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.  In this US History instructional activity, 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 idenitfy and apply their opportunities to describe how written and unwritten laws and rules of a society affect individual and group behavior. Then they recognize the significance of the Fifth through Eighth Amendments, as well as recognize the significance of the Declaration of Independence. Students also recognize that American citizens not only enjoy many rights guaranteed by the Constitution but also have many responsibilities associated with those rights.
Learners consider the importance of individual liberties found in the Bill of Rights and recognize the significance of the Fifth through Eighth Amendments. Then they recognize the significance of the Declaration of Independence and that American citizens not only enjoy many rights guaranteed by the Constitution but also have many responsibilities associated with those rights.
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.
Twelfth graders analyze six amendments to the Constitution. In this activity, 12th graders develop and understanding of the constitutional amendments and things that might affect its impact. Students analyze different types of historical themes and determine how specific events influence amendments.
Ninth graders examine recent proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution.  In this US Government lesson, 9th graders analyze the purpose of the amendments.  Students compare the new amendments to older ones. 
Students 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.

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