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 thinking and problem solving ability.
What follows are scenarios I have used over the years to find out if my students really know the Bill of Rights. The scenarios work best after the students have studied the first ten amendments and discussed them with the teacher or each other. Students love discussing the Bill of Rights and asking “what if” questions. So scenarios are a natural way to assess student understanding.
You can use these scenarios any way you want. You can use a few at a time or all at once. You can use them as formative assessments to guage student understanding as you go. You can also use them as a summative assessment at the end of the unit. I have included point values. Of course, you will modify them to fit your needs. Thank you for visiting Marston Moor Education Resources.