What is the Correct Interpretation of the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause?

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Are Northwest Florida schools violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution by allowing young scholars or members of the clergy to recite prayers over the public address systems before football games? Class members tackle the Establishment Clause in a series of AP-style Free Response Questions (FRQ) activities. Groups examine three Supreme Court rulings on this issue of separation of church and state, and respond with majority and minority opinions. Assuming the role of justices, they then rule on the question and write their opinion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • A great way to practice for the US history AP FRQ
  • Engaging essential question
  • Carefully scaffolded 

 

 

Cons

  • Challenging reading level
Common Core