In this lesson, students will evaluate contradictory viewpoints of liberty and security as it concerns the Patriot Act and evaluate the acts constitutionality. They will analyze the significance of the changes to criminal procedure the Patriot Act would have it was applied to all federal criminal prosecution and evaluate the significance of protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Department of Justice Summary of USA Patriot Act
Handout B: Preamble and Fourth Amendment
Handout C: U.S. Senator Rand Paul Opposition to USA Patriot Act, 2011
Handout D: President Barack Obama Press Conference – August 9, 2013
Handout E: Twitter Feed Template Introductory Essay: Liberty and Security in Modern Times