Lesson Plan

What are my Rights?

Students know they have rights but are often confused about the limitations on those Rights and the Reasoning behind the extension of the rights to individuals.
Jessie B.
Classroom teacher
Orchard View Alternative High School, Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to... understand how The Bill of Rights and other amendments affect their daily life as well as when they give up some of their rights under certain circumstances.

Social Studies
cultural understanding
power structures
Grades 11 - 12
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1 Hook

https://www.icivics.org/node/42/resource Lesson will start with a game from the iCivics sight where students have to figure out what right they have in each situation. This component should last one class period. Students will need either computer or another internet capable device, available as an app for iPads but not Android. Students will be graded on 2 components, first (worth fewer points because the content is new) correctness in the game, second their participation.

2 Direct Instruction

https://www.icivics.org/node/42/resource In day 2 of the lesson we will go over the amendments discussed in the game in addition the teacher and students will discuss local issues relating to these topics.

3 Independant Practice

Activity: Investigating

Students will receive a worksheet about the all the Amendments to the Constitution. Students will also receive a copy of the Amendments. Students will read the Amendments and answer the questions on the sheet by selecting the correct option from 2 given. Students will hand this worksheet in as an assignment grade.

4 Guided Practice

https://cdn.icivics.org/sites/default/files/uploads/Road%20to%20Civil%20... Students are used to living, working, dining and schooling in an integrated society. This component will show the struggles that people faced in order to be able to enjoy the freedoms that we are used to. This component of the lesson asks students to think about situations, analyze the different methods of protest and look at what the obstacles were for those who wanted to live, dine and go to school in an integrated society.

5 Wrap up

Activity: Creating

To end the topic students will chose an amendment from the day 1 and 2 lessons and create a poster (using paper, PowerPoint or an online resource) that shows the text of the amendment. Images of people utilizing their right as a citizen and find a time in history of in our country that the freedoms allowed in that amendment were violated.