Classroom Lesson Plans

Classroom Lesson Plans

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Voting Rights and Election Law Under the Constitution

Grades 3 - 5

Mock election lesson plan

Grades 6 - 8

Who Can Vote for Student Council?

Grades 9 - 12

Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Challenges of Redistricting

Voter Identification and the Right to Vote

First Amendment Lesson Plans

Student Activities and Discussion Topics (9-12)

Separation of Powers (Grades 4-6)
Students engage in a role play demonstrating separation of powers concepts; recognize constitutional provisions provides for separation of powers; and speculate on rationales for the Constitution’s separation of powers.
Student Privacy Rights (Secondary)
Students learn about 4th Amendment concepts by analyzing Katz v. United States (1967) and about student privacy rights in schools by comparing/contrasting excerpts (majority opinion with a dissent) in Independent School District No. 92 of Pottawatomie County v. Earls (2002).
Teaching About Guns and Gun Control (Secondary)
Students identify and describe the main arguments of groups and organizations for and against gun control by creating a commercial.What Does the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution Mean? (Secondary)
Students compare/contrast the preambles of constitutions; compare/contrast state constitution preambles with the U.S. Constitution preamble; identify the values underlying these preamble provisions; and draft an alternative U.S. Constitution preamble and give rationales for its provisions.