Synopsis

Lesson Snapshot

1. Engage: Students will be given a letter that states an alien nation has invaded and conquered the United States. Per the alien nation, the students are only allowed to keep two of their US Constitutional rights as outlined in the Bill of Rights. Each student will choose the two he/she feels are most valuable.

2. Explore: In groups of three, students will be assigned one of the first ten amendments to the US Constitution. In their groups they will research what the personal right that is covered in the amendment protects, the reason behind the right being included in the Constitution, and the application of the right in society through the use of US government court cases.

3. Explain: Groups will present their findings from the explore section to the class.

4. Extend/Expand: Students will play the game “Do I Have a Right?” in which they pair potential clients with the appropriate Constitutional rights lawyer based on their situation.

5. Evaluate: Students will be asked to reevaluate their choices at the beginning of the lesson in the engage piece. Would they keep the same two rights or change them? Students must give an explanation for their choice.