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New! CONSTITUTION DAY: LESSON PLANS AND PRINTABLES

U.S. Constitution Fact Sheet (PDF)
Students will use this worksheet to familiarize themselves with the United States Constitution.

Use with Lesson 1—The Constitution in Today’s America

U.S. Constitution Fact Sheet 2 (PDF)
This worksheet will help students understand the role the Constitution plays in shaping and protecting its citizens’ choice to live in a free society that serves the common good.

Use with Lesson 1—The Constitution in Today’s America

The Constitution Comes to Life (PDF)
Students will learn about the creation of the Constitution and how our government’s institutions were developed.

Use with Lesson 1—The Constitution in Today’s America

Voting Timeline (PDF)
This worksheet outlines the evolution of the right to vote throughout the course of history.

Use with Lesson 1—The Constitution in Today’s America and Lesson 3—Voting and the Constitution

The Right to Vote (PDF)
This timeline will help students to identify and understand the amendments made to the Constitution regarding the right to vote.

Use with Lesson 3—Voting and the Constitution

Voting Vocabulary (PDF)
Key terms and their meaning within the Constitution are defined in this worksheet, which can also be used for quick reference.

Use with Lesson 3—Voting and the Constitution

Our Three Branches (PDF)
Using this printable, students will work in groups to describe how each branch’s officials are chosen.

Use with Lesson 3—Voting and the Constitution

Considering the Constitution (PDF)
Students answer questions about a civil court case based on their research on the Bill of Rights.

Use with Lesson 4—We The People

Amazing Amendments (PDF)
Using this guide, students will be able to answer questions about the amendment process.

Use with Lesson 5—What Makes an Amendment?

 

New! JURY SYSTEM: LESSON PLANS AND PRINTABLES

Courtroom Vocabulary (PDF)
This worksheet will give students a working knowledge of how evidence is defined and used during a trial.

Use with Lesson 9—Prepare for Trial

The Jury System on Trial (PDF)
Students will compare a jury system versus a judge-only system, experience how lawyers involved in a case question potential jurors, and discover how jurors must examine their own beliefs and prejudices in order to tell the truth.

Use with Lesson 2—The Jury System

Deciding by Group: You Are the Jury (PDF)
Students will review information about a criminal court case and work together to reach a verdict based on the facts presented using this worksheet.

Use with Lesson 6—Making Decisions by Group: The Jury System

Comparing Trial Systems from History (PDF)
Students will be asked to list the advantages and disadvantages of four different types of trial systems.

Use with Lesson 7—A History of Conflict Resolution and the Jury System

Choose Your Method of Trial (PDF)
Students will learn about methods of trial and defend one method of trial through a role-play exercise and argumentative writing.

Use with Lesson 7—A History of Conflict Resolution and the Jury System

Jury Duty (PDF)
Students will select and interview an adult who has served as a juror. Students will also learn about how trials in other countries are conducted in comparison with those of the United States.

Use with Lesson 8—Participating in the Jury System

Juror Selection (PDF)
Students will be given a court case scenario and interview answers from three potential jurors to decide whether each person would be a suitable juror for the case.

Use with Lesson 9—Prepare for Trial

I Object! (PDF)
In this activity students will be asked to determine whether or not an attorney would object to an answer from a witness on the stand.

Use with Lesson 9—Prepare for Trial


ADDITIONAL STUDENT RESOURCES

Constitutional Quizzes
These quick quizzes test your students’ knowledge about the history of the U.S. Constitution and the importance of the jury system.

Make Your Case: Interactive Mock Trial Game
The Make Your Case Interactive Mock Trial Game is a courtroom trial simulation in which students control the action in a television-like trial. After playing Make Your Case students will be able to:

• Understand the basic concept of due process of law

• Identify how the rule of law protects individual rights

• Describe how jury service protects individual rights and is a civic responsibility

• Understand the importance of due process to individuals and society

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