This lesson challenges students to think about how the Bill of Rights affords them protection on a school or university campus and in what ways they are not protected by the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
To supplement this lesson, teachers can consider the following:
- Examine your school handbook with the students and pick out school rules that could potentially infringe upon a student's rights, per the Bill of Rights. Then, hold a conversation that explains to your students why those rules are acceptable and how rights on school campuses differ from those in the Bill of Rights.
- Invite the school principal and/or local police enforcement to lead conversations with the students so they gain a better understanding of locations and situations in which the Bill of Rights may not be applicable.
This lesson contains the following components:
- Student instructions for a response paper
- A brief information text on two court cases: Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier and Tinker v. Des Moines
- The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution (Bill of Rights)
- Information for teachers on the outcome of the Hazelwood and Tinker cases
- Additional Discussion Questions for students