This unit outline is designed for 12th grade students, and focuses on an in-depth understanding of the Constitution. It culminates in a mock trial in which “jurors” must decide if the United States is guilty of the breaking promises guaranteed in the Constitution.
This unit is designed to address the following California State Board of Education's content standards. See below for specific standards addressed. For more information on the standards, or to see the complete list, please visit: www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/
Grades Nine & Ten
Listening and Speaking
Grades Eleven & Twelve
The strength of a democracy is equal to the strength of its citizens
Through actions come change, and change in the political process involves participation.
Essential Questions or Issues:
1. What does it mean to be a citizen?
2. Does legal documentation of citizenship change one’s rights and responsibilities? Should it?
3. Why should we know our rights?
Learners will understand the rights and responsibilities of people living in the U.S., as stated in the Constitution.
I. Founding Principles
II. Constitutional Rights
III. What difference does “having papers” make?
IV. Knowing and Protecting our Rights