Constitution Challenge on Due Process

For an educational commemoration of Constitution Day, issue a Constitutional Challenge to your students as an individual activity, extra credit assignment, or an independent study project.

Overview

Students go on the Courts in the Classroom website and study two sections: “What Is Due Process” and “TLO.” The first presentation provides an overview of due process provisions in the Constitution; the second focuses on the Fourth Amendment and a Supreme Court Case involving searches at school. Student then complete the Constitutional Challenge by answering nine questions and completing a short You Be the Judge essay. Finally, using the answer key and rubric, grade the student products or conduct a Peer Assessment.

Procedure

  1. Distribute the Handout/Constitutional Challenge on Due Process and review with the students.
  2. With students, access the Courts in the Classroom web site and show students how to access the two sections. (To get to “What Is Due Process,” go to the site and click on “The Big, Ideas,” “Due Process,” and finally “What Is Due Process.” To get to TLO, from the home page, click on “Landmark Cases,” “Fourth Amendment,” and finally “TLO.”) Explain that the material can be studied at whatever pace the student desires and each section can be reviewed. Suggest that as they study the sections they take notes of key facts and concepts.
  3. Assign the activity consisting of studying the sections and completing the handout. (The assignment should take 1–3 hours.)
  4. Collect the assignments and assess using the Rubric. If peer assessment is used, have students exchange handouts and then read out the answers for correction. Distribute copies of the rubric for student review and comments.
  5. Send us the names of all students who met the constitutional challenge using this form and we will post them on the Constitutional Challenge Honor Wall.

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