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Constitutional Connection: War and the Constitution (V1)

20 min

To provide an introductory overview of the unit, show the six-minute thematic documentary, Commander in Chief: War and the Constitution, available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdLSZ-3AR6k.

A. Distribute Constitutional Connection: War and the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. Have students read the constitutional excerpts and the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.

B. With the class working in pairs, small groups, or as a large group, have students analyze these documents to answer questions one through three.

C. Call on individual students to read the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments aloud. Invite students to put the rights they protect in their own words.

D. Discuss students’ responses to question four as a large group.