October 26

posted Oct 26, 2011, 5:42 AM by Peter Knowles
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 # 38Date:  October 26, 2011Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
How does the First Amendment have an impact on YOU?WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will evaluate the importance of different rights contained in the First Amendment.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will write about the five freedoms contained in the First Amendment in their classroom blogs.HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction

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.

We know that the First Amendment guarantees 5 different rights to Americans:

  1. Freedom of Religion
  2. Freedom of Speech
  3. Freedom of the Press
  4. Freedom of Assembly
  5. Freedom to Petition the Government

To wrap up our look at the First Amendment, write a brief response in your blog in answer to the following question:

Which of the 5 rights guaranteed in the First Amendment are the most important to YOU? Why?

As you answer this question, be sure to use terms from the following word / concept bank when appropriate:

  • Establishment clause
  • Free Exercise clause
  • Judicial review
  • Slander
  • Libel
  • Shield law
  • Free marketplace of ideas
  • Symbolic speech
  • Commercial speech
  • Obscenity
  • Freedom of association

Proofread your blog before publishing it. 


When finished, turn your attention to tonight's assignment:

Chapter 20, Section 1 (517-520) begins a look at something called "Due Process." As you read, focus on why due process is such an important feature of people's rights. Also, as you read, look for answers to questions 2, 3, and 5 on page 520. Write down your answers, or open a Google Doc and type them.


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 AssessmentReview and quiz on tonight's assignment tomorrow in class.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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