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 flexibility in choosing from a variety of discussion questions that will have students critically think, debate, and apply their understandings to our Constitutional rights. Transform your classroom into Congress, as the final project entails having students create and present a 28th Amendment to members of Congress (their classmates).
Time Frame: 1.5 to 2 weeks contingent upon the degree of classroom discussion, and whether the teacher has by passed any of the discussion topics.
• Detailed Lesson Plan
• 1 Power Point (63 slides) with animations, video clips & sound effects
• Printable Handouts:
o HANDOUT #1: PowerPoint Guided Notes
o HANDOUT #2: Grading Rubrics
o HANDOUT #3: Members of Congress
Overview of ALL 27th Amendments with discussion/debate questions on:
-1st Amendment: ‘Tinker V. Des Moines’: Do you think the student’s constitutional
rights were violated or not?
-14th Amendment: Do you agree or disagree with altering or abolishing the
‘Citizenship’ clause of this amendment?
-5th Amendment: Double Jeopardy- why do you think this law exists? Do you think
there are any exceptions to this law? Do you agree or disagree with
-8th Amendment: What defines ‘Cruel & Unusual Punishment’? Does the
provided example constitute a violation of the 8th Amendment?
-19th Amendment: Were the suffragists being ‘unpatriotic’ when they continued to
picket the White House despite the fact the U.S. joined WWI?
-12th Amendment: Do you think the ‘Electoral College’ is fair & democratic?
-18th Amendment: Do you agree or disagree with those who wanted to eliminate or
place restrictions on alcohol?