Patriot Act Controversy - Reading, Questions, Debate Activity, Assignment, etc. - This 16 page resource centers on the Patriot Act and the controversy surrounding its role in post September 11th (9/11) United States. The resource contains a two page reading on the creation of the Patriot Act following the September 11 terrorist attacks and the differing perspectives that exist in relation to the Patriot Act in modern society. Along with the reading comes a set of 4 analysis questions that requires your students to analyze elements of the reading on the Patriot Act. The final question contains a graphic organizer that requires students to record the positives and negatives of the Patriot Act. The questions include a teachers key for ease of assessment.
Next, the resource contains detailed instructions and prompts for facilitating a four corners debate related to the Patriot Act and the influence it had on society in the years after the terrorist attacks of September 11. As well, the debate activity will provide students with the opportunity to compare and contrast the Patriot Act with the United States Bill of Rights and how each impacts the other. The resource contains a one-page printable of the Bill of Rights including the first 10 amendments. The debate activity will foster collaboration and critical thinking in a non-threatening format for students. The resource includes a student handout for the debate as well as detailed teacher instructions for carrying out the debate with students.
Finally, the resource includes a writing assignment wherein students are required to analyze a respond to a quote from Benjamin Franklin on the issue of rights vs. security and how it now pertains to the Patriot Act. The writing assignment includes a teachers guide for use and a rubric for ease of marking.
This is an excellent resource for students to use when learning about the Patriot Act and the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. It will engage and excite your students while offering opportunities for collaboration, deep discussion and critical thinking!