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Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Activities in this category assess amendments on the November 2014 ballot; examine methods of amending Florida’s Constitution and the limited role the courts have in that process; the method by which a judge would weigh a law whose constitutionality is being challenged; the rights included in the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution; and an exploration of the courts and the Constitution through a case study.

What’s Not in the Bill of Rights?

Is it Unconstitutional? The Case of the Scarlet Tag

Amending Florida’s Constitution: The Role of the Courts

Case Study: Is it Reasonable?

Florida v. Jardines

 



What’s Not in the Bill of Rights?

In this activity, participants learn about the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the process for amending the Constitution. Participants will consider proposing a 28th amendment. This is a great presentation for Constitution Week. Four handouts and a PowerPoint are included. Estimated time to present: 40 to 50 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and all accompanying materials including a tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation.

What’s Not in the Bill of Right Overview

What’s Not in the Bill of Rights

What’s Not in the Bill of Rights – First Ten Amendments

What’s Not in the Bill of Rights – Parts of the U.S. Constitution

What’s Not in the Bill of Rights – Proposal and Evaluation

What’s Not in the Bill of Rights PowerPoint

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation



Is It Unconstitutional? The Case of the Scarlet Tag

In this activity, participants review the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and examine some factors to determine if a hypothetical law violates the U.S. Constitution. Three handouts are included and a PowerPoint. Estimated time to present: 30 minutes. Below are links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and accompanying materials including a background paper and a tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation.

Overview of activity and how to present: Scarlet Tag

Is it Unconstitutional? PowerPoint

Hypothetical Case Study

Fictitious Statute

Evaluating Laws

Background Paper

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation



Amending Florida’s Constitution: The Role of the Courts

In this activity, participants learn about the methods of amending Florida’s Constitution and the role of the courts in reviewing such proposed amendments. Participants work individually and in groups to examine past proposals. A warm-up exercise is included as well as a PowerPoint and two additional handouts. Estimated time to present: 30 to 40 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and all accompanying materials including a tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation.

Amending the Florida Constitution

Is It in the Constitution Warmup

Florida Constitution Amendment Reviewing Proposed Amendments A-B

Florida Constitution Amendment Reviewing Proposed Amendments C

Amending the Florida Constitution PowerPoint

Amending Florida’s Constitution Answer Sheet

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation



Case Study: Is It Reasonable?

This activity explores the courts and the Constitution through a case study. Participants will apply the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and case precedent to a set of facts to experience judicial decision-making and the function of the federal courts. Materials are: An overview of how to present the activity, a PowerPoint, three handouts and a background paper for the presenter. The overview will guide you in the timing and delivery of the activity. A tips sheet for making Benchmarks presentations is included.

Case Study: Is It Reasonable

Is It Reasonable PowerPoint

Scott v. Harris Facts of the Case

Decision Form

Warm Up Handout: Translate It: Fourth Amendment

Background Material for Presenter

Tips for making a good Benchmarks presentation



Florida v. Jardines

This presentation uses a case study to explore the courts and the U.S. Constitution. Participants apply both the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and case precedent to a set of facts to experience judicial decision-making.

Overview of the activity and How to Present: Florida v. Jardines: Is a sniff a search

Florida v. Jardines PowerPoint

Warm-up Activity: Privacy Worksheet Drawing the Line

Handout1: Florida v. Jardines Fact of the Case

Handout 2: Case Precedent

Decision Forms

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