Explicit and Implicit Language – Interpreting the Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment

How do Supreme Court justices interpret amendments to the Constitution? The resource helps answer that question by discussing how people use explicit and implicit language to interpret the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. Learners watch videos for direct instruction, discuss as a class, work on handouts relating to the videos, and write an essay about the Fourteenth Amendment's explicit and implicit meaning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Work with the English department to explain explicit and implicit language in an even more detailed lesson
  • Review writing skills and the use of rhetoric beforehand
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires presenting two videos, which may take a long time to download depending on Internet speed

  • Includes a rubric for grading the essay
  • Works well with important technologies, such as Google Classroom; it also easily exports to Microsoft Word

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