This resource includes a research document and a round table notes sheet. The research document allows students to investigate a particular amendment of the constitution using the Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution Resource. In the research, students identify the history, current interpretations of this amendment, and then give their own personal thoughts on the application of this amendment to present-day society.
After researching a distinctive amendment, they share their information on this amendment in a round table of 5-7 people, depending on the size of the class. The document included to take notes during the group discussion guarantees that students engage with the activity and consider the implications of other amendments.
My students love this activity, as it involves personal choice, independent research, analysis, critical thinking, and opinion formation. They like expressing their ideas and learning from their peers in the round table to share information they have discovered.
It's a wonderful activity to do towards the end of a unit or week that is flipped and puts learning in the students' hands! It shows how the topic connects to their everyday lives.