October 18

posted Oct 18, 2011, 6:47 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Oct 19, 2011, 5:46 AM ]
Civics Standard
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 # 32Date:  October 17, 2011Standards:  Social Studies  
Target Question
What rights do you have, and why do you have them?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will understand some of the basic rights they have and where they come from.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will discuss personal ideas about rights they have in small groups. Students will review vocabulary terms Expressed, Implied and Inherent, and will be introduced to the term "unalienable".HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instructions

"Amendment I 

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

The first amendment guarantees 5 different things:

  1. Freedom of Religion
  2. Freedom of Speech
  3. Freedom of the Press
  4. Freedom to Assemble peacefully
  5. Freedom to Petition the government for change
Open your document from yesterday (when you brainstormed rights that you think you have) and copy/paste the list of 5 Freedoms into it. Use the list to begin taking notes on the First Amendment. We'll do this together in class. 


Tonight's reading deals with the first of these, Freedom of Religion. As you read the assignment, keep an eye open for the many ways that the Supreme Court, using Judicial Review, has shaped the meaning of this part of the amendment. HOMEWORK -- READ: Freedom of Religion (Chapter 19.2, pgs 490-497)

Answer the following questions:

Why is it so difficult to determine “how high” the wall between Church and State should be? (490 

What area of American life have most Establishment Clause cases involved? (491)

What is the general rule regarding people’s right to worship the religion of their choice under the Free Exercise Clause? (496)

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

  
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