Section B: Essence of The Constitution: Inside the Constitutional Convention; Checks and Balances—Separation of Powers; The Judicial Branch; Honorable Mention—The Supreme Court and The Justices; Judicial Review—Marbury v. Madison 1803; The Executive and Legislative Branches; How Congress Works; Right to Privacy—Fourth Amendment of the Constitution

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After investigating the backgrounds of delegates to the Constitutional Convention, students will participate in debates to consider controversial issues that the delegates had to decide.
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An examination of the separation of powers that exist between the three branches of the federal government.
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Students will consider the role and structure of the United States Court system.
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Students will investigate the backgrounds of the members of the U.S. Supreme Court. They will also interview adults to determine their knowledge of the Court.
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Students will consider the doctrine of Judicial Review. They will examine this famous case from multiple perspectives, considering the consequences if the case had turned out differently.
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The structure and role of executive and legislative branches.
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Through the process of developing a children's book explainging the two house structure of Congress, students obtain insight into the bicameral system.
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After considering the Constitutional safeguards regarding search and seizure, students develop a set of rules pertaining to search and seizure in the classroom.
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Students develp a video-cast analyzing the three branches of the United States government.
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