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This is my and Becky's lesson plan on the Bill of Rights and how the media influences public opinion.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-12-31.
This lesson is a very interesting perspective of the Bill of Rights and how normal citizens may or may not be fully aware of their rights under it. They would have to rely on the media to tell them all of their information, such as the Youtube videos that you posted about Gun Control. One suggestion would also be to incorporate a video that examples the use of hate speech as you were saying earlier in your lesson, if the students are mature enough to handle the material. A concern that I have actually stems from when I taught the Bill of Rights to my 12th graders, and it is that I do not know if you will have enough time to do this in two days (unless you are on a block schedule). The reason is because I spent an entire lesson alone talking about the 1st Amendment, due to the fact that the students were fascinated by it and wanted to know the extent of which they could use it for protection. I like the seminar ticket idea as homework and the following discussion that you have with the students, I would just suggest to expand the lesson to maybe three days, possibly four if the students are really interested in the subject. Great job girls!!
Great work with this lesson. I really like how you incorporated a controversial issue into it. I also like how you changed up the style of teaching from teacher-centered to student-centered and used a classroom discussion. I also like how you mentioned the teacher will only interject into the discussion when needed. Another strong point with this lesson is your various forms of assessment throughout. It is stressful anytime you send students home with "required readings" that will effect the following days class in terms of how well it will go. I think you covered your bases with this lesson by assigning the seminar ticket. I am having a hard time finding anything wrong with this lesson. My only knit-picky suggestion would be to try and allow some time for student reflection on the discussion rather then summarizing the main points yourself. Whether this be a quick write opening activity the next day, a blog post, or just having them summarize the discussion at the end. Again, awesome lesson, very well done!