ERIC Number: ED332928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
How To Teach the Bill of Rights.
Patrick, John J.; Leming, Robert S.
Directed to secondary school teachers of history, government, and civics, this book is designed to fit common educational objectives in secondary school curriculum guides that call for teaching and learning about the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. The volume is intended to encourage careful reading, analysis, and classroom discussion of primary documents and legal case studies on Bill of Rights issue in U.S. history and contemporary society. The book is divided into seven chapters. Chapters 1 and 2 introduce the contents and meaning of the Federal Bill of Rights and provide a rationale and guidelines for teaching about constitutional rights and liberties. Chapters 3-6 include background knowledge and insights about the making of the Bill of Rights, key civic values in the Bill of Rights, the role of the Supreme Court in protecting constitutional rights, and Bill of Rights issues in five landmark cases of the Supreme Court. Teachers should draw upon the chapters of this volume to develop lesson plans and learning activities for their secondary school courses in history, civics, and government. Teachers will be able to use the substance of chapters 3-6 in their implementations of 12 lesson plans included in these chapters. Chapter 7 of this volume is a guide to resources for teachers on the Bill of Rights. It includes a select annotated bibliography of various kinds of teaching and learning materials including video programs, poster sets, case study books, mock trial simulations, and handbooks with various types of lesson plans and teaching strategies. The appendices in this volume include the complete text of the U.S. Constitution and an annotated table and index of Supreme Court cases mentioned or discussed in chapters 1-7. (DB)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Curriculum Development, Democratic Values, Educational Resources, History Instruction, Law Related Education, Learning Strategies, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, United States History
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.; B'nai B'rith, New York, NY. Anti-Defamation League.
Identifiers: Bill of Rights; Supreme Court; United States Constitution