National Constitution Day

Are students' rights protected by the Constitution? Yes and no. Class members investigate several Supreme Court cases, and the opinions of the Justices, as they research First Amendment rights.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups research the current debate about removing the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance
Classroom Considerations

  • Some of the material is dated; therefore, preview the entire 19-page packet before presenting the lesson

  • The packet includes background information on the court cases, discussion questions, a vocabulary list, case review reading questions, and an answer key

  • Beware the typos