Background

The Bill of Rights and You

The Bill of Rights and You: Rights and Responsibilities is designed to give students an understanding of their rights under the first ten amendments to the Constitution, as well as the responsibilities of citizenship that go along with those rights. They will understand, as the Founders would have put it, the relationship between the exercise of private virtue and public happiness. The ten-unit curriculum will help students see the association between the exercise of their rights and their responsibilities in a free society. Each unit pulls from national history, civics, and social studies standards, and contains two lessons designed by master teachers. Additional resources include accompanying YouTube videos, optional reading quizzes, a glossary of key terms from background essays, and a listing of landmark Supreme Court cases.

 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements………………………………………………………………….. ii
The Bill of Rights Institute Academic and Program Advisory Councils………………..v
Preface……………………………………………………………………………………………….vi
The Bill of Rights……………………………………………………………………………vii

UNIT ONE: THE FOUNDERS ………………………………………………………………..1
Lesson 1: students probe the origins of American freedoms
Lesson 2: students analyze the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debate

UNIT TWO: RELIGION …………………………………………………………………27
Lesson 1: students examine the Establishment Clause
Lesson 2: students explore the Free Exercise Clause

UNIT THREE: EXPRESSION……………………………………………………………………….51
Lesson 1: students explore freedom of speech and the expansion of expression
Lesson 2: students examine freedom of the press as a protector of liberty
Lesson 3: students analyze freedoms of assembly and petition

UNIT FOUR: GUNS ………………………………………………………………………………83
Lesson 1: students examine the Second Amendment
Lesson 2: students evaluate the constitutionality of various firearms restrictions

UNIT FIVE: PRIVATE PROPERTY………………………………………………………………..103
Lesson 1: students analyze the concept of self-ownership
Lesson 2: students evaluate situations in terms of the Takings Clause

UNIT SIX: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE………………………………………………………125
Lesson 1: students examine the rights of the accused
Lesson 2: students evaluate the definitions of “unreasonable” searches

UNIT SEVEN: CITIZEN JURIES ………………………………………………………………………….149
Lesson 1: students evaluate the power of juries to protect individual liberties
Lesson 2: students appraise the voir dire process

UNIT EIGHT: PERSONAL LIBERTY………………………………………………………….169
Lesson 1: students evaluate the responsibilities that accompany liberty
Lesson 2: students analyze Bill of Rights provisions that protect personal liberty

UNIT NINE: FEDERALISM …………………………………………………………………………193
Lesson 1: students analyze the federal and national qualities of the union
Lesson 2: students analyze Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause

UNIT TEN: INCORPORATION………………………………………………………………………215
Lesson 1: students examine the Fourteenth Amendment and incorporation
Lesson 2: students assess which Bill of Rights protections should apply to states

Answer Key………………………………………………………………………………………………….237
Landmark Supreme Court Cases ………………………………………………….251
Reading Quizzes……………………………………………………………………………………….267
Video Viewing Guides……………………………………………………………………………..283
Glossary………………………………………………………………………………………………291
Educational Resources……………………………………………………………………………..297
Scholar Biographies………………………………………………………………………………………303
Suggested Letter to Parents………………………………………………………………………………311
Special Thanks…………………………………………………………………………………312

 

 

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