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Students analyze eight case studies of Supreme Court decisions regarding due process of law and their impact on American society in the early 20th century. They digest that although the 14th amendment was intended to give federal rights to all Americans it did not occur.
Students examine due process and equal protection. In this current events lesson plan, students read the provided article, "Due Process and Equal Protection for Gays and Lesbians." Students respond to the provided discussion questions and participate in a critical thinking activity on the topic.
Students view a Reader's Theater focusing on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The story is used as a springboard into a videotaped mock trial of Gold E. Locks developed by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). They are challenged to identify and explain how Goldilocks benefits from due process provisions found in the US Bill of Rights.
Students review the history and language of the Alien Enemies Act, the meaning of writs of habeas corpus, and the various amendments to the Constitution covering issues of due process. They know how national security measures collide with issues of due process and human rights during times of war.
Why were laws created? Spark a group discussion on why we need laws to co-exist. Should the sale of some things be outlawed on Sundays? Read a case summary between Target and the state of Minnesota that debated this issue. Ask your learners to discuss how laws evolve over time. Why are changes necessary? Are they fair? Wrap up the lesson by presenting them with a list of bizarre Sunday laws. For example, "On Sunday in Cicero, Illinois, it is illegal to be humming on the streets."
High school student love discussing controversial issues like those brought up in this fourth amendment case study. They examine the 1928 Olmstead vs. U.S. prohibition court case, applying the fourth amendment to determine whether or not wire tapping was an invasion fo privacy. What is protected under this amendment? Learners watch short video clips on the Olmstead case and take notes on a graphic organizer. They conduct a case study in the context of the fourth amendment and participate in a mock trial. Find resource links, all worksheets, a rubric, and a detailed explanation of this assignment here!
Students use the Internet to read a brief description of Magna Carta (link provided). They "walk through" the document with the teacher, identifying four major themes. Students read and discuss "The Rhetoric of Rights: Americans are 'Englishmen' and Englishmen Have Constitutional Rights." They complete a chart comparing/contrasting the Magna Carta, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
Fifth graders experience simulations in order to meet the required Social Studies standards. In this simulation lesson, 5th graders experience a teacher set-up simulation of students being put in the Responsible Thinking Classroom for no apparent reason. They experience the feelings of those who live in countries where due process does not exist. They experience a second simulation of events that could have happened along the Silk Road and the resulting consequences.
Young scholars explore how Americans reacted to communism. In this Red Scare lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the details of the Palmer "Red Raids" and its implications. Young scholars respond to discussion questions regarding the lecture.