Author:
William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
High School
Tags:
Bill of Rights, Personal Freedoms, Podcast
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English

Education Standards

9-12 Civics and Economics: Freedom of Rights -- Is it really free?

9-12 Civics and Economics: Freedom of Rights -- Is it really free?

Overview

Students will examine the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution and determine what situations would be included within the first amendment. By analyzing differing cases and the Supreme Court rulings on those cases, students will determine if the Court is consistent in their rulings about an individual’s freedoms. Once students analyze different court cases, they will write a paper answering the driving question and create a podcast using their paper as a script.

Instructor Directions

Engineering Design Process

 

Project Description

Name of ProjectFreedom of Rights -- is it really free?
Subject AreaSocial Studies -- Civics & Economics
Targeted StandardsFP.C&G.2.3 -- Evaluate how the U.S. Constitution has been interpreted and applied through their existence.FP.C&G.2.6 -- Evaluate the authority federal, state and local governments have over individuals’ rights and privileges.
Driving Question / Problem / ActivatorTo what extent does the U.S. Constitution protect individual rights?
Project SummaryStudents will examine the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution and determine what situations would be included within the first amendment. By analyzing differing cases and the Supreme Court rulings on those cases, students will determine if the Court is consistent in their rulings about an individual’s freedoms. Once students analyze different court cases, they will write a paper answering the driving question and create a podcast using their paper as a script.
Estimated Time2-3 class periods (an hour and a half each class)
Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)
  • Microphone/Recording Device (I used a Yeti Blue)
  • Recording application (Otter.ai; TwistedWave)
  • ListenWave - Public Memorials Using Religious Symbols
TagsPersonal FreedomsBill of RightsPodcast

Project Outline 

AskStudents will answer the question based on what they know of freedom of rights that individuals have. Students will read/listen to different sources about court cases pertaining to the first amendment. While reading/listening the student will create a brainstorming graphic to help them answer the question.
ImagineStudents start to write their essay using the information they have learned. This will be a rough draft of their script. While doing this, students will take the podcasts they have been introduced to through a separate lesson and take these into consideration when imagining what they want their podcast to be like.
PlanStudents complete their final paper (which acts as their script) for the podcast. Students start to gather clips of sounds to put into their podcasts and determine how they want, whether it is through downloaded clips they have personal access to or through music.
CreateStudents create their final podcast including adding in sound clips and music.
ImproveStudents will complete one of two tasks (time depending):
  1. Students complete a grow/glow chart.
  2. Students listen to another student’s podcast and “grade it” giving them feedback on the overall quality of their podcast.
Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents sit in a big circle to discuss about some of the things they learned about pertaining to individuals freedom of rights -- they could discuss things that evoked a particular emotion, things they did or did not agree with.
Possible Modifications / ExtensionsExtended time to allow all students to be able to record their podcast.

Evaluation (Pre/Post)  

Insert Links to Google Forms

 

Pretest Link: https://forms.gle/mkEnm6fDLoXAiFYp7

 

Post-test Link: https://forms.gle/3Tc1aZf5cmhST5Fd9

 

Credits or Modified From

ListenWave - Public Memorials Using Religious Symbols

 

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