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US Constitution: 8th Amendment - Cruel and Unusual Punishment
This handout includes 3 court cases with 7 reading comprehension and discussion questions about the death penalty, corporal punishment in schools, and student suspensions. Also included are the court decisions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported L
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Punishment (8th Amendment) & Death Penalty Debate Reading
This purchase includes a one-page reading about the 8th Amendment (Punishment) and a one page reading about the pro’s and con’s of the death penalty. Both documents include critical thinking questions. Perfect for your secondary Civics/American Government class. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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The Eighth Amendment Powerpoint
This presentation focuses on the concepts of the Eighth Amendment, includes discussion points and video clips to illustrate different topics and ideas. Great for a High School Government class and an Intro to Political Science class.
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Bill of Rights 8th Amendment (Death Penalty): Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story
These 5 questions go along with the video Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story. You can find it by doing a Google search and it is about 45 minutes long. It is the true story of John Evans, his crimes, and the death penalty. After watching the video, discussing, and answer the questions, students dec
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The Eighth Amendment Internet Worksheet
Students will gain a basic understanding of the Eighth Amendment through an easy to follow webquest. Please check out the website by clicking on the link below: http://www.ducksters.com/history/us_government/eighth_amendment.php Click here to view the website. The webquest contains 7 questions and
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The 8th Amendment Unit
Room 311 has developed a unit on the 8th Amendment for your civics, government or criminal law class. This unit encourages critical thinking, debate and discussion, and research skills. This unit includes 7 distinct activities, including the following: 1) a role play with teacher discussion questio
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Eighth Amendment Word Search (Grades 3-5)
This product includes 1 word search puzzle and 1 answer key, which contain terms relating to the Eighth Amendment. The answer key is highlighted according to color: red = horizontal words, yellow = vertical words, and teal = diagonal words. Students are asked to find and circle words in the puzzle
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Bill of Rights:  8th Amendment Presentation
Directions: Research any notable 8th Amendment court case. Present it to class in a media presentation. Use any computer program you prefer (PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, iMovie, Keynote, etc.) for your presentation. Use the rubric below as your guide. 8th Amendment: Excessive bail shall
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Supreme Court Case Activity--8th Amendment-Roper v. Simmons-2005
This activity is good practice for students to engage in the Judicial process by getting a good understanding of the 8th Amendment by analyzing the 8th Amendment and how the court apply's its constitutional interpretations.
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We the People Lesson 32 Worksheet Puzzle: The 5th, 6th, & 8th Amendments
We the People Crossword Puzzle -- A Great Way to Preview and Review Material! Looking for a fun way to get students engaged with lesson content and help them zero in on key concepts and important details about U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution? Puzzles work well! This puzzle activity is in
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DBQ- Corporal Punishment & the 8th Amendment
Students are asked to examine four different excerpts from documents regarding corporal punishment as it pertains to students. Sources include: -Excerpt from Ingraham v. Wright -Excerpt from a NC newspaper about the implementation of corporal punishment in schools -Excerpt from a Mississippi newspap
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Violation of the 8th Amendment?-Review
This is a super quick review worksheet following a discussion of the rights guaranteed in the 8th Amendment. Students tend to get the right answers, but its their reasoning for their answers that I mainly focus on ensure understanding.
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The Eighth Amendment: Punishment in School Hyperdoc
This high tech assignment utilizes hyperdocs, google classroom, and Flipgrid and includes tutorials for all of these technology elements for teachers. This digital resource is meant to be used with students' Google Suite for Education. Students can use this resource independently or collaboratively.
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Understanding the 8th Amendment
In this lesson, students define the Eight Amendment and use the definition to understand the Supreme Court case Roper v Simmons. First, students use the graphic organizer to record the definition of excessive bail and the criteria that the Supreme Court uses to decide whether or not a punishment is
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The Bill of Rights: The Fifth, Sixth and Eighth Amendments
This PowerPoint, created by Tamara Johnson, is one of several that can be used to supplement the Bill of Rights unit for A.P.U.S. Government or Government classes. It contains all the major content, including vocabulary, events, people, groups and concepts to help your students succeed. Studies show
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Supreme Court Case Activity - Jurek v. Texas-1976-8th amendment
This supreme court case activity is one of five influential cases decided in the 1976. This particular case focuses on the aspects of cruel and unusual punishment as it applies to this case in Texas.
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Supreme Court Case Activity - Proffitt v. Florida-8th Amendments
This is a great jumping off point for students to get a good understanding of the legal landscape that surrounds the Death Penalty.
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Innocence and the Eighth Amendment
This activity causes students to consider the Constitutional rights afforded to those accused of a crime. It includes leading statements, followed by an article of a man accused of a crime and whether or not he should have been given bail. Students read, annotate, partner share, then group share t
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Middle School Geography, Government, and Psychology Bundle -- 31 Products!
Middle School Geography, Government, and Psychology Bundle -- 31 Products! When I started teaching middle school Social Studies over 17 years ago I was given a text book that was outdated, at an advanced reading level, and did not provide any supplemental material. I found myself completely on my
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Constitution Bingo
This game reviews the Constitutional Convention and the creation of the Constitution. Terms: Articles of Confederation, Shay’s Rebellion, Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Virginia Plan, New Jersey Plan, unicameral, Philadelphia, Roger Sherman, slavery, electoral college, Federalist Papers, Bill of Ri

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Bill of Rights Singing Activity - Make Up A Song to One of the Amendments
Bill of Righs. Every year I can't believe that this still works! Looking for 2 days to fill with creativity, engagement, and entertainment in relation to the Bill of Rights? You've found it right here! After learning about the Bill of Rights and why those amendments were added to the U.S. Consti
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Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" Unit Bundle
Poe's short stories can be challenging for students to comprehend. Use this great unit to help students' completely understand and appreciate this great story. Bundle includes: Introduction PPT (Background info, check quiz, and MORE) Reading Guide Images PPT After Activity (Summary, Analysis, &amp
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Due Process Differentiated Leveled Text Reading Passages
In this resource, there is a nonfiction reading passage about the government term of due process and how citizens are provided due process. The text discusses the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments, including the Constitutional rights of American citizens and examples of each. It is differentiated fo
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US HISTORY:FUN HAND SIGNALS:Constitution-Bill of Rights/10 Amendments PPt Videos
US Constitution, Bill of Rights, 10 Amendments Fun & Memorable Hand Signals This may be my favorite product yet. This makes memorizing the first 10 amendments easy. This 14-slide PowerPoint contains videos showing hand signals that will help students remember the Bill of Rights. Each amendmen
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GAME: CHAIN CARDS- CONSTITUTION, BILL OF RIGHTS, AMENDMENTS - Fun Review
This is a fun review game that I let my students play after teaching the unit on Writing the Constitution (Bill of Rights, Federalist/Anti-Federalists, Amendments, Grievances, Great Compromise, etc.) . The game includes 24 ready-to-be-printed cards. I print them on colored paper and laminate them so
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BILL of RIGHTS Scenario Review Game - Civics (Grades 8-12)
Test your student’s knowledge of the Bill of Rights with this fun and engaging review game. Students will analyze 16 different scenarios related to the Bill of Rights. Sample Question: Carolyn is arrested for shoplifting a candy bar from a neighborhood convenience store. At trial, she is found gui
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US Constitution Bill of Rights Court Cases and Discussion Questions
About 15 court cases and approximately 50 total discussion questions. Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of the Press, 2nd Amendment, 4th Amendment, and 8th Amendment court cases and discussion questions. You could use them all or pick and choose the court cases and questions your wan
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Amendments to U.S. Constitution  BINGO
By K. Powers, M.S. Ed. Use this review as a BINGO game, “spelling” bee, end-of-class filler, or study guide. Each term has three different questions. They will print so that each term and its three questions fit on the front of an index card which you can use year after year, especially if you l
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American Legal System Interactive Notebook
These interactive notebook graphic organizers will help students organize information about the American legal system! Interactive notebooks are an effective tool in the classroom. Not only can they assist students in keeping their work organized, but they are also an easy-to-access resource for re
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Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" Introduction Activity PPT
Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" is a challenging text for most students because of the story's context and complicated language. Use this activity PPT to help students understand the story's complexities better. Presentation uses research-based strategies like word associations, 3-2-1, pair &
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"Death By Fire" Video Guide
This video guide goes along with the PBS / FRONTLINE documentary "Death By Fire", which looks at the controversial case and execution of Cameron Todd Willingham in 2004. A great resource in a debate or unit on capital punishment or the 8th Amendment. Great for a High School Government class.
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Essay Prompts for Government and Civics
The essay prompts included in this product will encourage your government and civics students to think critically and improve their writing skills. Each prompt requires students to form opinions on the topic and to back up that opinion with evidence and persuasive argument. Included in the topics ar
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Bill of Rights / Civil Liberties Political Cartoon Analysis
This worksheet is aligned with standards to improve students' visual literacy. Students make note of both the symbols and the symbolism in cartoons. This package features cartoons focusing on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments to the US Constitution. Included in this package: Po
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Civics Constitution Anchor Charts
Civics Constitution 46 Anchor Charts (Great as Bellringers, Word Walls, and Concept Boards) -→ BUY IN A BUNDLE -CIVICS MEGA BUNDLE - -515 ANCHOR CHART BUNDLE -VISIT MY STORE AND FOLLOW TO GET UPDATES WHEN NEW RESOURCES ARE ADDED Anchor charts are great for representing the topics covered with br
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The Bill of Rights Word Search Bundle Pack (Grades 3-5)
This bundle pack includes 10 word search puzzles and 10 answer keys containing terms related to the Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments). Answer keys are highlighted according to color: red = horizontal words, yellow = vertical words, and teal = diagonal words. Students are asked to find and circle
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American Legal System Interactive Notebook for Google Drive
These Civics digital interactive notebook graphic organizers will help students organize information about civil law, criminal law, the history of the U.S. legal system and more on Google Drive! Why should you use a Google Interactive Product? *No cutting, gluing or paper needed! *Students work d
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Radiolab More Perfect Supreme Court Guided Listening Questions Cruel and Unusual
Radiolab recently released a series of podcasts relating to Supreme Court decisions. I’ve always loved Radiolab. They play with sound and story in a way that’s incredibly intriguing, I was instantly hooked with More Perfect. Supreme Court decisions can seem rather dry and mundane to students, ho
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Proposing a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
The Constitution's 27 Amendments read like a tour through American history. This interactive, project-based lesson will provide students with an overview of the 27 Constitutional Amendments in a fun and engaging way! A deeper analysis is also promoted as this lesson is designed to give the teacher f
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Constitutional Role Play
Room 311 has created a resource that allows your students to take on Constitutional questions through role play. Scenarios for the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments have been included. Each scenario allows for student discussion of how these amendments can be applied to their lives. Also includ
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A Criminal Justice Unit for your Government Class
Room 311 has developed a unit for your government class that helps them better understand the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments using critical thinking and discussion. This unit will also help develop student writing skills and information analysis. This unit includes: 1) unit outline 2) 2 sets of
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Rights of the Accused Stations Lesson
This stations lessons is a great way to teach your students about the key amendments, Supreme Court case precedents, and controversial questions related to the rights of the accused. The product includes a warm-up that allows students to break down the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th amendments (our key "rig
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The Bill of Rights Webquest
Students will complete a 50 question webquest about Amendments 1-10. They will use 10 easy-to-use websites to complete the assignment. I have included hyperlinks to the websites. Please message me if you have any questions. An answer key is included. The assignment can be uploaded to Google Drive o
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Bill of Rights Scenario
One way to get students to prove their understanding of U.S. Government content is to have them analyze problems or scenarios. Students show a deeper understanding of the Constitution by writing solutions to real world problems. This is precisely what is expected in the Common Core – critical think
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Civics, Government, US History I CAN Bundle
This I CAN posters bundle includes all of my I CAN packs for Civics, US History and Government for over 30% savings over buying them separately. They.are quick and easy to print and post in your classroom! They are aligned with the standards for teaching Civics and US Government. I have uploaded th
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Witch Panic in Salem
The story of hysteria in 1692, told in a little less than 2700 words. A perfect reading to set up discussion of the modern American justice system and protections of the accused under the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th amendments. Modern students can hardly fathom the methods of courts in that era: the us
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THE BILL OF RIGHTS Research Brochure Template, American History Project
The Bill of Rights Research Brochure - this project fits on ONE PAGE! Perfect if you need to cover this time period, but need a condensed lesson unit! Use this as a guide for your own lesson or as an independent Internet research project. FIND THIS RESOURCE IN THE FOLLOWING $$$ SAVING BUNDLES: B
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We the People Puzzles -- Unit 5 Bundle
9 U.S. Government Crossword Puzzles Differentiated for Basic and Advanced Levels to Help You Teach and Reinforce a Large Variety of U.S. Government Topics! These puzzles zero in the Bill of Rights, helping students understand in detail how several of these key early amendments to the U.S. Constituti
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Law and Order I CAN
These I CAN posters are quick and easy to print and post in your classroom! They are aligned with the standards for teaching the principals of Law and Order in Civics and US Government. I have uploaded them as individual jpg files for those who want to reuse or enlarge them. I have also combined the
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8th Grade United States History Review Flashcards
I created these for my students to use at home, and when they are finished with work in class. There are 113 things covered. In class I have attached magnets to them so that they stick to my white board. I have the students on teams and they race to see who can match all the terms to the description
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Constitutional Bill of Rights: Amendment Eight Interactive Foldable Booklets
The U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times to date, the first ten in the Bill of Rights. Discover the Eighth Amendment as you create these interactive foldables for your Interactive Notebook or Lapbook. These three foldables cover: What Does It Say? Amendment Eight Facts Amendme
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U.S. Aim # 27 What freedoms are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?
U.S. Aim # 27 What freedoms are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights? Objectives – Students will be able to  Cite information from an informational text to support a conclusion or argument.  Define words they do not know using context clues.  Identify and describe what freedoms are guaranteed by the
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Founding Documents - Declaration/Constitution/Bill of Rights
The Declaration of Independence This 25-page unit focuses on how the Constitution was changed to include amendments that identify individual rights for citizens through Level 1 - 4 tasks Level 1: Match the Bill of Rights terms with their correct definitions Level 2: Describe/explain the freedoms, gu
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