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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.
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 lesson 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.
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!
Immigration and citizenship is a hot topic in today's society. Engage in a spirited and educated debate with your class on these topics through an essential question: Does the Fourteenth Amendment need revision? Your critical thinkers will review key arguments in US history by reading opinions in primary source materials and listening to the ideas of their classmates, and then formulate their own informed opinion on the matter through both discussion and a final writing assessment.
Tackle ethics in your high school history classes with a Socratic seminar about torture as a means for obtaining information. The plan allows for pupils to take the reins during the seminar. On the first day, class members read several articles and fill out a preparation worksheet. On the second day, the class chooses a moderator and discusses the four given questions. Every individual is required to participate.
Students describe the main arguments offered by groups and organizations for and against gun control. They develop an informed position on the issue of gun control and read the article "Debating the Gun Issue." They examine the general nature of the issue and stake out a position on proposed gun control legislation.
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.
Open the floodgates, or introduce the conflicts of gun control with this article and analysis questions for your students to discuss or analyze. The article is short and addresses both sides of the issue, so you could develop lessons on bias and include articles that address the far left, and far right of the issue.
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.
Middle schoolers write an essay analyzing the language of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution. In this US History lesson, students review the difference between implicit and explicit meanings. Middle schoolers 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.