ERIC Number: ED250268
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Do You Believe? Religious Rights in the Public Schools. A Student's Lesson Plan [and] A Teacher's Lesson Plan [and] A Lawyer's Lesson Plan.
Howard, Estelle; And Others
One of a series of secondary level teaching units presenting case studies with pro and con analyses of particular legal problems, the document presents a student's lesson plan, a teacher's lesson plan, a lawyer's lesson plan on religious rights in the public schools. Lessons acquaint students with important First Amendment rights concerning religion as well as the unanswered issue of what limitations are placed upon the religious rights of school teachers. Although similar in content, the student and teacher lesson plans are presented separately to facilitate individual or small group work by students and to provide the teachers with additional background information. Prior to a lawyer's visit to the classroom, students view and discuss a film entitled "Freedom of Religion," consider issues raised by hypothetical cases, and role play a case concerning prayer in public schools brought before the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ("Gaines versus Anderson"). Teacher materials contain additional case information, reading on court systems, and a simplified view of federal and California court structures. The lawyer's lesson plan provides further questions and discussion concerning case studies, resolution of dispute, and other court cases pertaining to this area of law. (LH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Conflict Resolution, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation, Learning Activities, Legal Education, Legal Problems, Lesson Plans, Public Schools, Religion, Role Playing, School Law, Secondary Education, State Church Separation, Student Rights, Teacher Rights, Units of Study
Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1510 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 ($4.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: Gaines v Anderson; Law Related Education; Religious Freedom
Note: For similar lesson plans on different legal issues, see SO 016 038-046.