In this lesson, students will learn how leading Founders and religious dissenters contributed to religious liberty in America. Students will analyze primary source documents concerning the relationship between church and state, assess arguments for and against an established religion and a public role for religion in civic life and gain an appreciation for the philosophical and political process of the American experiment in religious liberty.
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Essay: The Constitution, the First Amendment, and Religious Liberty
Handout A: A Connected Church and State
Handout B: A Separated Church and State
Handout C: A Public Role for Religion in Civic Life?
Handout D: A Conversation in 1785