Rewrite the Bill of Rights + 14th amendment
The objective of this assignment is for students to demonstrate knowledge of the text of the Bill of Rights (& the 14th amendment) and how it has evolved since its ratification. Students should be able to explain what the Bill of Rights means, in practical terms, in the United States of America in 2015.
1) Students should copy and paste the text of the Bill of Rights (& the 14th amendment) to a Word file. (5 pts.)
2) After each amendment, students should explain what each amendment means, using their own words, in the USA of 2015. For example, each citizen has freedom of speech but what are exceptions to this rule? (you can't yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater.) (15 pts.)
3) Students should back up their assertions with court cases and other examples of why the meaning of a particular amendment has changed. They should use the "Civil Rights and Liberties Powerpoint," posted to the Civics moodle page, along with other resources to accomplish this. For example, Texas vs. Johnson (1989) is a U.S. Supreme Court case that affirmed that part of the 1st amendment free speech protections includes the burning of an American flag (10 pts.)