•  This unit will be covering the Amendment Process- the Bill of Rights and what our rights are as citizens, the impact of these rights, and the impact of different amendments on minority groups.  

    Key Learning:

         Students will understand the rights and protections provided by amendments to the United States Constitution and be able to evaluate the impact of those constitutional rights on individuals and society.

    Unit Essential Questions:

    • What are the rights and protections provided by amendments to the United States Constitution?
    • How do the constituional rights impact individuals and society.

     

    We will be covering three Florida State Standards this unit. They have been broken down into smaller categories and clarifications that we will be studying:

     

    SS.7.C.2.4: Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.

    Essential Question

    What rights are protected by the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the U.S. Constitution?

    NGSSS Benchmark

    SS.7.C.2.4 Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.

    Florida Standards

    LAFS.68.RH.1.1; LAFS.68.RH.1.2; LAFS.68.RH.3.7; LAFS.68.WHST.1.1; LAFS.68.WHST.2.4; LAFS.68.WHST.3.7; LAFS.68.WHST.4.10; LAFS.7.SL.1.1.

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will understand what is in the Bill of Rights, what rights the Bill of Rights and other amendments protect, and how the Bill of Rights influences both individuals and society.

    Learning Goals/Benchmark Clarifications

    • Students will recognize that the Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
    • Students will recognize the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
    • Students will evaluate how the Bill of Rights influences individual actions and social interactions.
    • Students will use scenarios to identify rights protected by the Bill of Rights.
    • Students will use scenarios to recognize violations of the Bill of Rights or other constitutional amendments.  

    Benchmark Content Limits

          Items will not require students to cite specific court cases or specific amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

    Civics Content Vocabulary

    • Bill of Rights, cruel and unusual punishment, double jeopardy, due process, eminent domain, equal protection under the law, First Amendment, pleading the fifth, right to bear arms, right to legal counsel, search and seizure, suffrage, trial by jury, unenumerated rights (Ninth Amendment)

     

    SS.7.C.3.6: Evaluate Constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society.

    Essential Questions

    How do constitutional rights impact individual citizens? How do constitutional rights impact our society?

    NGSSS Benchmark

    SS.7.C.3.6 Evaluate the constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society.  

    Florida Standards

    LAFS.68.RH.1.1; LAFS.68.RH.1.2; LAFS.68.RH.3.7; LAFS.68.RH.3.9; LAFS.68.WHST.1.1; LAFS.68.WHST.1.2; LAFS.68.WHST.4.10; LAFS.7.SL.1.1; LAFS.7.SL.1.2; LAFS.7.SL.2.4; MAFS.K12.MP.5.1; MAFS.K12.MP.6.1.

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will evaluate how constitutional rights impact both individual citizens and American society and how the government plays a role in upholding or restricting these rights.

    Learning Goals/Benchmark Clarifications

    • Students will recognize how individual rights shape involvement in the social, political, and economic systems.  
    • Students will recognize how the social, political, and economic systems in the United States are dependent upon individual rights.  
    • Students will use scenarios to recognize and/or evaluate options for exercising constitutional rights.  
    • Students will evaluate the impact of the government upholding and/or restricting individual constitutional rights.

     Benchmark Content Limits

    • Items will not require students to recall specific events in history.
    • Items will not require students to identify characteristics of a specific economic system.  

    Civics Content Vocabulary

    • civil disobedience, economic freedom, eminent domain, forced internment, freedom of assembly, property rights 

     

    SS.7.C.3.7: Analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of minority groups in the American political process.

    Essential Questions

    How have voting and civil rights expanded over time? What has been the impact of this expansion?

    NGSSS Benchmark

    SS.7.C.3.7 Analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of minority groups in the American political process.

    Florida Standards

    LAFS.68.RH.1.1; LAFS.68.RH.1.2; LAFS.68.RH.3.7; LAFS.68.RH.3.9; LAFS.68.WHST.1.2; LAFS.68.WHST.2.4; LAFS.68.WHST.3.9; LAFS.68.WHST.4.10; LAFS.7.SL.1.1; LAFS.7.SL.1.2; LAFS.7.SL.1.3; LAFS.7.SL.2.4.

    Overview

    In this lesson, students will understand how civil rights have expanded over time and the impact the expansion has had on citizens.

    Learning Goals/Benchmark Clarifications

    • Students will recognize the rights outlined in these amendments.
    • Students will evaluate the impact these amendments have had on various social movements.
    • Students will analyze historical scenarios to examine how these amendments have affected participation in the political processes.
    • Students will recognize how the amendments were developed to address previous civil rights violations.

    Benchmark Content Limits

    • Items will not require students to recall rights by specific amendment number.

     Civics Content Vocabulary

    • 13th Amendment, 14th Amendment, 15th Amendment, 19th Amendment, 24th Amendment, 26th Amendment, amendment, civil rights, Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act of 1968, discrimination, Equal Rights Amendment, literacy test, poll tax, prohibit, segregation, states’ rights, suffrage, Voting Rights Act of 1965