Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Presentations test basic knowledge about how government works; review the rights included in the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution; explore how a judge would weigh the constitutionality of a law being challenged; and delve into two case studies that illuminate the workings of the courts.
The theme of Law Day 2018 is “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” This presentation is suitable for Law Day or Law Week or for other events where the presenter will discuss how the U.S. government structure protects freedom by separating the powers of the three branches of government. Overview also includes a handout and an icebreaker activity. The PowerPoint guides the presentation.
Watch the 2018 Law Day webinar with Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente and Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association.
In this activity, participants learn about their role as citizens and increase their knowledge of the U.S. and Florida constitutions. Two different formats are provided. Handouts include Test Your Knowledge bingo and questions from the U.S. Citizenship test. Estimated time to present: 20 to 30 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. The overview will guide you in the timing and delivery of the activity.
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.
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.
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.
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.