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posted Mar 5, 2013, 5:03 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Mar 5, 2013, 7:00 AM ]
Day 26--

Learning Target Image What 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 identify key terms and concepts contained in the Bill of Rights.  I will work in a small group to find important ideas in each of the first 10 amendments. I will flag important words or terms used in the first 10 amendments and explain why they stand out. This is a formative assessment. I need to complete it carefully to provide material I will need later for my summative assessment. 

With our mini-unit on the Constitution now at an end, we'll turn our attention to the way it was almost immediately changed with the first 10 Amendments. Promised as part of the ratification debates and proposed almost as soon as the new Constitution took effect, the Bill of Rights has been interpreted in many different ways over the years. 

In this unit, we'll focus not only what the words of the first 10 Amendments say, but also what they mean, and how they derive their meanings. And we'll go beyond the first 10 Amendments to see how a few other amendments have helped define our rights today. 

To begin, today we look at the language of the Bill of Rights, and look for particular words or phrases that stand out. 
  1. Open a Google Doc called "Bill of Rights", then make a copy for yourself that you can type in. 
  2. With your group, analyze the words of one of the Amendments. Look for:
    1. Words or phrases you've heard of before
    2. Special definitions or restrictions included in the language
    3. Connections to other areas of your life that you might know about
  3. As you work, use the sticky notes provided to draw attention to the words and phrases you identify on the poster you receive
  4. Include the notes that you have identified in your electronic copy of the Bill of Rights.
  5. When finished, be ready to display and explain your choices to the class. 
  6. Add other groups' notes and ideas in your own electronic copy as well. 

HOMEWORK: Assignment #1 from the Unit Handout -- 

Level 1: Define these in YOWP

Level 2: Answer the following using information from the text

1. The Unalienable Rights (19.1)

READ: 485-489


Level 1a) Bill of Rights

1b) civil liberties

1c) alien

1d) Due Process Clause


Level 2a) According to the Declaration of Independence, why do governments exist? (486)

2b) Why was the Due Process Clause so important in understanding what rights must be protected? (488)

2c) Why is impossible to list all the rights that people have? (489)

Peter Knowles,
Mar 5, 2013, 5:35 AM