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Film Presentation

Using Film to Teach the Bill of Rights

Tim Kanak

on 25 March 2013

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Teaching the Bill of Rights with Film By: Tim Kanak SSE 6387 with Dr. William Russell The First Amendment Freedom of speech, the press, religion and to peaceably assemble. The Second Amendment The right to keep and bear arms. The Third Amendment Protection from being forced to offer quarter to troops. The Fourth Amendment Protection from unreasonable searches and seizures. Critical thinking: Is the Patriot Act breaking the 4th Amendment? Do we freely maintain security in our "papers and effects?" The Fifth Amendment The right to a fair trial/due process, double jeopardy, no self-incrimination and eminent domain. The Sixth Amendment Trial by fair/impartial jury, rights of the accused, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel. The Seventh Amendment Civil trial by jury. The Eighth Amendment Prohibition of excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment. The Ninth Amendment Just because you don't read something in the Constitution, doesn't mean the government can do what it wants to deny other rights... we are born with more rights than any constitution could ever list or specify. The Tenth Amendment Powers not delegated to the federal Constitution are reserved to the states/people to prohibit or not prohibit (states have more power within their individual borders than the federal government). Critical Thinking: Should states have the right to secede? Does the Tenth Amendment give them these rights? Should states be allowed to legalize marijuana or other drugs? Anti-Freedom Freedom Critical Thinking: How important is the First Amendment to all other rights? Should the First Amendment have any limitations? Libel/Satire/Defamation... Learning Goals of Teaching the Bill of Rights with Film: Students will learn and understand the rights of the original ten amendments known as the Bill of Rights within the Constitution of the United States of America. Necessary to Maintain a Free State The Second Amendment leads to high violent crime rates Critical Thinking: Split students into groups where they will randomly placed into a particular side of the gun control debate and must come up with solutions/arguments on the future of the Second Amendment. A scene in "The Patriot" shows an English Colonel taking advantage of a neutral family's hospitality in the war. They steal their livestock, force the hired hands to join the English military and burn the family's farm down, because the family decided to quarter troops from both sides of the war after a battle. Critical Thinking: Students must brainstorm individually, then pair up and discuss the importance of the Third Amendment. Next students will write a short essay on the Amendment, before coming back together as a class to discuss. In a way the Bill of rights can be seen as a list of rules to protect the people of the United States from their own federal government. Though this amendment was written in 1789, racism and prejudice have at points in U.S. history managed to affect the system regarding fairness. The instructor will give examples of the protections the Fifth Amendment offers and may use other examples from film such as "12 Angry men" or "Double Jeopardy." Critical Thinking: Do you believe all of the protections are fair? Why? Critical Thinking: How are the above protections necessary in a free/fair society? Critical Thinking: What is the importance of the Seventh Amendment? How do the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Amendments differ? How are they similar? Good Bad Critical Thinking: Should the government be allowed to do some of the things leading to the capture of Bin Laden and other "enemies?" How far is too far? "Enemy of the State" embodies the freedoms of the Ninth Amendment by showing federal government organizations or the federal government in general (executive officers) are not above the law, as seen with Nixon. Critical Thinking: What are basic rights not listed within the other amendments of the Constitution important to living free as a U.S. citizen? Students will analyze the amendments of the Bill of Rights through critical thinking tasks, helping them to better understand how each of the ten amendments protects the personal freedoms, natural rights, liberty and private property against possible tyranny or abuse of authority within the government. Students will analyze various films related to each of the amendments, utilizing them to increase understanding and allow for original creative/critical thinking to occur wherein students may develop personal opinion upon each amendment, making for more active citizens. Final Project There have been 27 amendments to the constitution. Students must read through these amendments and choose the five they think are the most important. The student will create a short presentation about these amendments describing why they believe their five are the most important. Students will then create their own amendment and explain why it is vital to the continuation of freedom in the United States. Students will include this within the presentation. Students will present their presentations one-on-one around the classroom to individual students. The student listening must take notes. The students will then reverse roles. Each student will present to at least five different individuals. Each time a students switches partners, the student will tell the new partner about previous partners' created amendments and which five they thought most important. Students will be graded on their notes, participation and the information they accumulated for their project.
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