Federal Unit

Understanding the Constitution

ConstitutionSOURCE: DOWNLOAD YOUR PDF COPY OF THE CONSTITUTION
The United States Constitution is a remarkably short and concise document. It is the DNA of our nation, the user agreement between the citizens and their government. In this activity, students use a response sheet and a copy of the Constitution to answer basic questions about how our federal government works. Students are asked to find each answer along with the Article and Section that contains each answer to give them a better appreciation for the structure and content of the Constitution.
USED WITH: THE CONSTITUTION DAY 2: ARTICLES AND AMENDMENTS

Download the Constitution  Response Sheet (Word)

Landmark Supreme Court Cases

SCOTUSSOURCE: DOWNLOAD THE RESPONSE SHEET
The Supreme Court uses the power of judicial review to evaluate laws passed by Congress and the actions of the Executive Branch to see if those laws or actions conform with the Court's interpretation of the Constitution. If they do not, the Court has the power to strike down that law. This is a critical check on the power of Congress. In this activity, the student will research 25 landmark cases in which the Supreme Court has exercised the power of judicial review.
USED WITH: THE CONSTITUTION DAY 3: JUDICIAL REVIEW

Download the Landmark Cases  Response Sheet (Word)

The Problem We All Live With

Problem We All Live WithSOURCE: THIS AMERICAN LIFE podcast
The Supreme Court integrated public schools in 1954. But segregated schools remain. They are segregated by societal forces, not by law. And segregated schools hurt students. In this activity, students are asked to listen to a podcast about one such segregated school district in St. Louis and then answer questions on a listening guide.
USED WITH: THE CONSTITUTION DAY 3: JUDICIAL REVIEW

Response Sheet (pdf)  Response Sheet (Word)