You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights
Students will apply the first eight amendments of the Bill of Rights to actual court cases. This class will enhance critical thinking and analysis skills.
Each unit will explore:
The language, meaning, and history of an amendment
How the amendment was applied in various cases
Classic and contemporary cases students must decide based on what they’ve learned about the amendments
Students will also be introduced to basic public speaking and debate skills. The class format will include group activities, small group work, formal debate instruction, formal debate and lots of “seminar style” discussion. In order to fully participate, students will need to come to class every week with all home assignments complete.
Prerequisite: “Our Constitution Rocks” class OR at minimum a basic understanding of our US government, checks & balances, and the role of the US Supreme Court
Commitment: Students will need to complete approximately one hour of homework a week. Parents can support their students by discussing their cases and assisting them with debate practice/ preparation.
“You Decide! Applying the Bill of Rights” by The Critical Thinking Company
Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades by Kate Shuster and John Meany
Students will be supplied with printed/ photocopies of materials; no book purchase is needed
Supplies Needed: three ring binder with dividers
Min 6 Max 15