Constitution and the Bill of Rights Activities in this category assess amendments on the November 2014 ballot; examine methods of amending Florida's Constitution and the limited role the courts have in that process; the method by which a judge would weigh a law whose constitutionality is being challenged; the rights included in the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution; and an exploration of the courts and the Constitution through a case study.
What's Not in the Bill of Rights? In this activity, participants learn about the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and the process for amending the Constitution. Participants will consider proposing a 28th amendment. This is a great presentation for Constitution Week. Four handouts and a PowerPoint are included. Estimated time to present: 40 to 50 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and all accompanying materials including a tip sheet on making an ACE presentation.
Is It Unconstitutional? The Case of the Scarlet Tag In this activity, participants review the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights and examine some factors to determine if a hypothetical law violates the U.S. Constitution. Three handouts are included and a PowerPoint. Estimated time to present: 30 minutes. Below are links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and accompanying materials including a background paper and a tip sheet on making an ACE presentation.
Case Study: Is It Reasonable? This activity explores the courts and the Constitution through a case study. Participants will apply the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and case precedent to a set of facts to experience judicial decision-making and the function of the federal courts. Materials are: An overview of how to present the activity, a PowerPoint, three handouts and a background paper for the presenter. The overview will guide you in the timing and delivery of the activity. A tips sheet for making an ACE presentations is included.
Florida v. Jardines This presentation uses a case study to explore the courts and the U.S. Constitution. Participants apply both the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution and case precedent to a set of facts to experience judicial decision-making.