April 10

posted Apr 10, 2012, 6:07 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Apr 10, 2012, 6:59 AM ]
We begin today with a QUIZ over last night's homework assignment. You may use your assignment while taking the quiz, so get it out and begin. 

When finished with the quiz, we'll be discussing the ideas that Thomas Jefferson used to discuss the rights of people. Get ready by visiting this site, which contains Virginia's Bill of Rights, and here, where you'll find the Declaration of Independence

We'll watch a video to review some of the key events that led to the writing of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that quickly followed. As we watch the video, be prepared to answer the following question:

One of the key arguments over the Bill of Rights between Federalists and Anti-Federalists was whether or not it was necessary (or even if actually having a Bill of Rights would be a bad thing). Be able to explain this argument, and to explain where you stand in it. Do you agree that we needed (or today need) a Bill of Rights? 

Submit your answer before leaving class today. 


2. Freedom of Religion (19.2)



Level 1a) Establishment Clause (490)

1b) Lemon Test (494)

1c) Free Exercise Clause (496)

Level 2a) Why is it so difficult to determine “how high” the wall between Church and State should be? (490)

2b) What area of American life have most Establishment Clause cases involved? (491)

2c) What is the general rule regarding people’s right to worship the religion of their choice under the Free Exercise Clause? (496)