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Due Process of Law

  • Bill of Rights
  • Sixth Amendment
  • Eighth Amendment
  • due process
  • republic
  • Constitution
  • Parliament
  • John Adams
  • property
  • justice
  • liberty
  • rule of law
  • Magna Carta
  • Fourth Amendment
  • Fourteenth Amendment
  • arbitrary
  • Fifth Amendment

Due Process of Law Activity: Due Process Supreme Court Cases

Have students read Handout A: Rights of the Accused Essay to activate and expand their background knowledge.

When they are finished reading, have students review Handout B: Due Process Amendments. They should use this information to review the majority, dissenting, and/or unanimous opinions from one of the Supreme Court Cases: Handout C: Mapp v. Ohio (1961); Handout D: Gideon v. Wainwright (1963); Handout E: Miranda v. Arizona (1966); or Handout F: Board of Education of Pottawatomie v. Earls (2002).

Break students into four groups (Case Study Groups). Students should read the case background and opinions for their assigned Supreme Court case and complete Handout G: Case Briefing Sheet.

After each group is finished, create new groups (Case Summary Groups) with at least one member of each Case Study Group. Each member should explain the facts of their case to the other group members. Group members should complete Handout H: Case Summary Sheet.

Hold a class discussion using these questions:

· Compare and contrast the case you briefed to the cases you heard summarized.How are they similar?How are they different?

· What are the due process protections in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or other amendments?

· What other examples of due process protections or infringements can you think of from your own life?

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