Background

The Bill of Rights for Real Life

The Bill of Rights for Real Life is designed to lead less academically-inclined students toward a stronger and more explicit engagement in civil society. This curriculum uses techniques and strategies outlined in The Civic Mission of Schools—a report published by the University of Maryland’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Carnegie Corporation that are most appropriate for teaching these students. Through the ten-unit curriculum, they will grow into informed and engaged citizens learning the ways our Constitution affects their daily lives and empowers them with methods for civic engagement. Each unit contains two lessons designed by master teachers. Additional resources include accompanying YouTube videos, handouts, 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 Councils……………………………………………………………………..iv
Preface……………………………………………………………………………………………….vi
The Bill of Rights……………………………………………………………………………v

UNIT ONE: THE FOUNDERS ………………………………………………………………..1

UNIT TWO: RELIGION …………………………………………………………………25

UNIT THREE: EXPRESSION……………………………………………………………………….45

UNIT FOUR: GUNS ………………………………………………………………………………67

UNIT FIVE: PRIVATE PROPERTY………………………………………………………………..85

UNIT SIX: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE………………………………………………………105

UNIT SEVEN: CITIZEN JURIES ………………………………………………………………………….127

UNIT EIGHT: PERSONAL LIBERTY………………………………………………………….147

UNIT NINE: FEDERALISM …………………………………………………………………………167

UNIT TEN: INCORPORATION………………………………………………………………………185

Answer Key………………………………………………………………………………………………….203
Reading Quizzes……………………………………………………………………………………….219
Landmark Supreme Court Cases ………………………………………………….243
Video Viewing Guides……………………………………………………………………………..259
Glossary………………………………………………………………………………………………267
Educational Resources……………………………………………………………………………..275
Legal Experts and Scholars…………………………………………………………………………….281
Suggested Letter to Parents………………………………………………………………………………290
Field Testing Teacher…………………………………………………………………………………291

 

 

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