To become familiar with the principle of the separation of church and state, and understand why it has long been the subject of disagreement and debate.
1 class period
To begin this activity, you can give each class member a copy of page 91A only. Students will then spend time reading through several paragraphs about the principle of the separation of church and state. The information is arranged in sections entitled:
• Separation of Church and State
• The Church-State Debate
• Religious Education
As they are reading, have the students underline or highlight the most important words, names, terms, and ideas.
Following the reading, you can give each person a copy of 91B. This page contains a form with 16 questions based on information presented on the preceding page. Students must identify which words, names, and terms are being described in the boxes on the form. Correct answers are worth either 4, 6, 7, or 8 points. A perfect score is 100. You can decide whether to use this as a game, contest, or an assignment for individuals.
To conclude the lesson, have a class discussion or debate on the issue of the separation of church and state.
Teacher Instructions are included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used later on as a review exercise.