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Think Like A Constitutional Scholar

Introduction

National Constitution Center master teacher Carl Ackerman explains how the way arguments are conducted can make a big difference.

 

Constitutional Conversations:  How to think and talk like a Constitutional Scholar

As you read, interpret, and cite the documents in the Interactive Constitution, it is important to think about how the Constitutional expands or limits the power of the government. This practice is how Constitutional Scholars read, interpret, and cite the Constitution. But how can you do this? Below you will find a how to guide on how to do this and a practice learning module on how to put this practice into a dialog in your class. Take a look and test out the practice.

Justice Breyer on Listening

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at a special 2015 Constitution Day appearance talks about the basic processes used by the Court to reach decisions in the cases it hears.

 

Instructional Materials on this Topic

Lesson Plan

Read a video analysis lesson plan about Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's explanation of how his court decides cases.

Download Lesson Plan

Activity Sheets

Here is a tipsheet to follow to understand the six interpretations judges use to evalue a law.

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Worksheets

Use a worksheet to track your progress and a keep a record of your experience.

Download Argument Worksheet

The Interactive Constitution

In the Interactive Constitution, scholars from across the legal and philosophical spectrum interact with each other to explore the meaning of each provision of the Constitution.

Scholars are selected with guidance from leaders of the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society—two prominent constitutional law organizations that represent different viewpoints on the Constitution. Leaders of each organization recommend scholars to write about each provision of the Constitution. The pairs of scholars find common ground, writing a joint statement of what they agree upon about that provision’s history and meaning. Then the scholars write individual statements describing their divergent views on that part of the Constitution.

The Preamble

The Preamble of the U.S. Constitution—the document’s famous first fifty-two words— introduces everything that is to follow in the Constitution’s seven articles and twenty-seven amendments.

Read The Debate

The Articles

The original part of the Constitution was its collection of seven Articles, agreed to by the delegates in 1787 and ratified the following year. Read more, and see where debates led to changes.

Read The Debate

The Amendments

The Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments are important components to the Constitution .

Read The Debate

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Constitutional Exchanges

The Lauder Project: Constitutional Exchanges for Classrooms

The Lauder Project is a new initiative from the National Constitution Center: Educating America: An Initiative for Constitutional Education and Civil Dialogue.

The project engages students in fundamental questions about our Constitution: its relevance to our lives today and build classroom and across classroom dialog opportunities (virtual exchanges) for students.

Background

Constitutional literacy and civil dialogue in our country are in crisis—yet how do educators go about teaching the Constitution in a way that is balanced and also models civility?

The Lauder Project sets out to accomplish and collaborate on this foundational and vital task to develop a program that will afford teachers and students the tools and opportunity to engage in non-partisan dialog around current constitutional issues that are relevant to the 21st-century learner. 

In today's classroom teaching current Constitutional issues is a lot easier said than done. This work is extremely time-consuming both in and out of the classroom and resources are scarce. The few resources offered to teachers tend to be outdated and partisan. The Center proposes to build resources that are exciting and motivating for students by engaging them in current constitutional issues that are both balanced and accessible.

The project will engage teachers across the country to utilize the Interactive Constitution and connect classrooms with the top scholars in the field that have developed this new tool. The project will develop supporting materials, videos and lessons that will connect the scholarly content in an accessible and meaningful way that will be a powerful tool in building an informed and engaged generation.

Key Aspects of the Learning Program

  • Big Constitutional question
  • Introductory Video
  • Text of the Constitution and IC explainers
  • Lesson plans and activities
  • Primary sources, court cases, and supporting materials.
  • Online synchronous exchange opportunity

Classroom Instruction Process

Step 1: Classroom instruction on key aspects of the Constitution.

Step 2: Dialogue and active conversations around the essential questions provided

Step 3: Reflection on the content and dialogue

This project has a multi-year roll out plan that begins with the launch and development of learning modules and will continue in the FY18-19 school year with the national virtual exchanges.

Learning Modules

For an example of a Constitutional Exchanges learning module, watch a video of Justice Stephen Breyer explaining how the Supreme Court discusses cases using a thoughful, respectful process - and then use our Learning Tools with your students.
Click here to watch.

The Lauder Project is made possible through the generous support of the Laura and Gary Lauder Philanthropic Fund at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

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