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posted Mar 12, 2013, 5:35 AM by Peter Knowles
Day 31--

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?How will I  accomplish this task?  How will I show that I have done this?How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to how the Establishment Clause or the Free Exercise Clause is applied in different areas of life today. I will work with a partner (or two) to find out about how courts have helped define the 1st Amendment's religious freedoms in an area of life today.I will create a slideshow from a template that explains my topic, and be ready to present it to others. This is a formative assessment. I need to complete it carefully to provide material I will need later for my summative assessment. 
Today we continue our presentations of the religious freedoms contained in the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or the free exercise thereof....
What we know so far:
The Establishment Clause (Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion) means the government cannot create, institute, favor, encourage (pick your ownsynonym) a religion, and
The Free Exercise Clause (Congress shall make no law respecting the...free exercise thereof) means the government cannot ban, bar, obstruct, stop, prevent (pick your ownsynonym) a person's ability to practice the religion of their choice.
As the government tries to maintain a middle ground between the two clauses, a sometimes difficult balancing act occurs. 
The Wall Between Church and State is a shifting, hard-to-define ideal, that is sometimes crossed when government acts.
The Lemon Test (494) is often used to determine whether government action has crossed the line. 

In today's activity, you and a partner will present your topic from Friday, using a document called Religious Liberties using the topics below. 

Establishment Clause
  1. School Prayer (491-492)
  2. Religious Clubs and Groups (492)
  3. Teaching Evolution in Schools (492)
  4. Legislative Prayer / Chaplains (493) 
  5. Religious Holidays / Seasonal Displays (492-493)
  6. Graduation Ceremonies (491)
Free Exercise Clause
  1. Pledge of Allegiance (497)
  2. Vaccinations (496)
  3. Blue Laws (496) New England Blue Laws
  4. Workplace Freedoms (496)
Take a few minutes to meet with your partner/group from Friday to review your work and prepare to present. 

Homework -- due on Thursday, moves us into later Amendments in the Bill of Rights. Be prepared to move on by completing your homework on time. 

5. Due Process of Law (20.1)

517-520

3/14

    Freedom & Security of Persons (20.2)

521-526

Level 1a)  due process (517)

1b) police power (519)

1c) probable cause (523)

1d) exclusionary rule (524)

Level 2a) What are the key differences between Procedural and Substantive Due Process? (518)

2b) What four areas may be the focus of a State’s legitimate police powers? (519)

2c) What is the basic question addressed by the 4th Amendment? (523)

2d) What are some areas that remain unresolved by courts when it comes to administering the ideas of the 4th amendment? (523-524)

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