November 2

posted Nov 2, 2011, 7:03 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 6:31 AM ]
Civics 1.1 Understand key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.

Day # 43Date:  November 2, 2011Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
What protections exist in the constitution to restrict the government's power against the indivdualWHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will investigate the various ways the constitution protects people when they're accused of crimes.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will discuss various safeguards against government power in pairs, and share their findings with others.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction

Last night's assignment was Chapter 20, Section 3 (528-534) which introduced you to a number of terms related to the protections of individuals accused of crimes. 

Today you'll be deepening your understanding of these terms by finding out:

  1. Where in the Constitution these guarantees come from
  2. Why the Constitution guarantees them
  3. What limits are there on the guarantees (when don't they apply)
You may want to create a new Google Doc from a template called LegalTerms2
to record your answers.

First, work with one of the terms to get a really good idea about what it covers. 
Then, find other students who can help you understand the terms you didn't focus on. 
Share your information about your term with them. 

When finished, share your document with Mr. Knowles.

Homework:
For tomorrow's class, read Chapter 20 Section 4 (536-539) and answer the following questions. (You may already know the answers to some of these questions, but double check your assumptions with information from the text)
1) What is bail? (536)
2) What is excessive bail? (536)
3) What is preventive detention? (536)
4) Why do some people say preventive detention violates the Constitution? (536)
5) What is capital punishment? (538)
6) What has the Supreme Court said about the death penalty through its many cases since Furman v Georgia, 1972? (539)
7) What is treason? (539)
8) Why do you think treason is the only crime actually defined in the Constitution? (539)


STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment
HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative AssessmentOur next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Which of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution is most important in our lives today?
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
ExtensionFind out about recent court cases that deal with the question of Freedom of Religion at the Oyez Project 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
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