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What Are My Rights? Exploring and Writing About the Constitution
|Grades||9 – 12|
|Lesson Plan Type||Standard Lesson|
|Estimated Time||Three 1-hour sessions|
New Haven, Connecticut
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
- Computers with Internet access
- Large chart paper
- Index cards
- National Constitution Center: Interactive Constitution: First Amendment
- A Status Report on Youth Curfews in America's Cities
- "Earlier Youth Curfew is Proposed" by Yolanda Woodlee (The Washington Post online version, June 21, 2007)
- "D.C. Council Rejects Earlier Youth Curfew" by Ashlee Clark (The Washington Post online version, June 22, 2007)
- "Youth Curfew Proposed" by Melissa Bailey (The New Haven Independent, August 30, 2006)
- "Teens' Curfew Message: Spend Time With Us, Instead" by Allan Appel (The New Haven Independent, November 30, 2006)
- "Youth Teem With Counterproposals to Curfew" by Melissa Bailey (The New Haven Independent, December 1, 2006)
- "New Haven's Problems and Promise" (editorial) (The New York Times online version, December 17, 2006)
|1.||You will need computers with Internet access for every one or two students in your class. If necessary, reserve Sessions 1 and 3 in your school's computer lab. Session 2 can be conducted in your classroom if you print off copies of the news articles listed in the Resources section for your students.
|2.||Visit and familiarize yourself with the websites listed in the Resources section. Bookmark these sites on the computers students will be using or print and make copies of the news articles for your students as suggested in Step 1.
|3.||Create character cards for the role-play in Session 2. There are seven characters as follows:
|4.||If you do not already have a classroom blog, create one for this lesson. Check your school's Internet policy to ensure that you and your students can view and post to a blog and to find out what websites are preferable for you to use. Some schools filter blogging sites so you may need to speak with your technology coordinator ahead of time to get approval.
If they are approved, Blogger or LiveJournal are free resources you can use. You will need to collect your students' e-mail addresses to give them permission to post on the blog. You can choose to create a blog that is viewable only to your class or one that anyone can see and comment on. You will need to have the blog created and ready for use during Session 3.
|5.||You may want to search for blogs on a similar topic (free speech, the Constitution, curfews) to share as examples with your students during Session 3. Please bear in mind that blogs may contain inappropriate content; review them carefully before sharing with the class. Possible examples include:
|6.||Prepare a set of classroom debate rules to share with students before the mock public forum during Session 2. You want students to understand that a debate is much more than a verbal argument; it is a public way that two opposing sides can learn more about how and why the other side thinks. Debate rules might include: