Lesson Plan : First Admendment

Teacher Name:
 Katherine Haffer
Grade:
 Grade 9-10
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 Why does the First Amendment Limit the Government's Power over Religion?
Content:
 This lesson is over two clauses of the First Amendment that protect the freedom of religion. The students will be examining the founders' belief that religion and government should be separate. Also go over the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses.
Goals:
 At the end of this lesson students should be able to explain the importance of freedom of religion, describe the differences between the establishment and free exercise clauses in the First Amendment. Also be able to understand the differnet interpreations of the establishment clause and the conflicts between the establishment and free exercise clauses.
Objectives:
 SS.1, SS.3, SS.6/G1.2, G4.2,
Materials:
 Slide Show, smartboard, and Textbook
Introduction:
 Introduce the topic of the First Amendment and the two clauses (Establishment and Free Exercise).
Development:
 The students will learn about: the backgound of religious freedom, what the founders believed about seperation of the two, how the Consitution protects religious freedom, Bill of Rights influence on religious freedom, how the courts interpreted the establishment clause, and the conflicts between the free exercise and establishment clauses.
Practice:
 The students will divided into groups and defend different positions on the establishment clause. The will work together in their groups and then present their findings to the rest of the class.
Accommodations:
 Give notes through lecture and through slideshow/powerpoint.
Checking For Understanding:
 The students after talking about the lesson will do the review questions at the end of the section and turn them in for a grade.
Closure:
 After the finish the review questions and all are turned in we will go over the answers and talk about what they had learn that day through the reading and the activity.

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