2nd Amendment Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
Students explore the history of firearms. For this Bill of Rights lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation regarding the history of firearms. Students then examine the Second Amendment and conduct research on gun control so that they are able to participate in a debate on the topic.
High schoolers 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."
Students consider both sides of the gun control debate. For 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.
For this second amendment worksheet, students respond to 19 short answer questions about the right to bear arms and gun possession.
High schoolers 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 instructional activity may touch on subject matter that may lead to class discussions involving strong personal viewpoints which should be considered prior to use.
Young scholars 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.
New Review Amending the Constitution: Why Change?
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 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 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.
Students 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.
New Review The Bill of Rights
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.
Twelfth graders analyze six amendments to the Constitution. In this lesson, 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.