4th Unit – The Bill of Rights and Other Amendments (December/January)

TeacherStacy Gregorski
Subject AreaCivics
Grade Level7th Grade
Week #November/December
Unit of InstructionThe Bill of Rights and Other Amendments
Standard(s) Taught

Curriculum Standards


****Explain the Constitutional amendment process.


**Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.


**Distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights.


**Evaluate Constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society.


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Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
  • Identify the correct sequence to propose and ratify amendments to the U.S. Constitution;
  • Recognize the significance of the difficulty of formally amending the Constitution;
  • Recognize the importance and purpose of a formal amendment process,
  • Recognize the five freedoms protected by the first amendment.
  • Use scenarios to identify rights protected by the Bill of Rights.
  • Reference in Discussion: Tinker v. Des Moines, Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, Miranda v. Arizona, Gideon v. Wainwright, and In re Gault.
  • Examine the role of the judicial branch of government protecting individual rights.
  • Use scenarios to examine the impact of limits on individual rights on social behavior.
  • Examine rationales for limiting individual rights.
  • Recognize how the social, political, and economic systems in the U.S. depend on individual rights.
  • Use scenarios to recognize and/or evaluate options for exercising constitutional rights.
Classroom Activities

Daily Bell Ringer – Students are required to record their answers for daily critical thinking questions in their bell ringer notebooks (either a spiral notebook kept in class or a section kept in a student’s binder).

Daily Instruction – Students are required to participate in daily instruction, which can include PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, think-pair-shares, real-world simulations, videos/movies, formative assignments, and note taking.

Assignments Due

Almost all work is done in class.  Although students do not receive separate assignments to be done at home, they are still expected to take home any incomplete classwork, as well as study for unit summatives.

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