Teaching Guide

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Lesson summary
Instructional use
Pre-lesson activity
Standards covered by this lesson
Selected bibliography
Assessment

Lesson summary


The right to have a jury trial with witnesses and a lawyer and rules preventing the government from searching or arresting people without warrants are among some of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. Even though these rights were laid out very early in our nation’s history, they haven’t always been protected. In the 1960s the Supreme Court made a number of rulings about these rights, notably in cases Miranda v. Arizona and Gideon v. Wainwright. The story is told by Earl Clarence Gideon, who successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction for petty larceny, and emphasizes the 4th-8th Amendments and due process.

Instructional use

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Pre-lesson activity

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Standards covered by this lesson

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Grades 7-8 Social Science and American History

Illinois State Goal 14

Understand, analyze, and compare political systems with an emphasis on the United States.
  
Illinois State Goal 16

Understand and analyze events, trends, individuals, and movements shaping the history of Illinois, the United States, and other nations.

Illinois State Goal 18

Understand, analyze, and compare social systems with an emphasis on the United States.

Selected bibliography

A bibliography is forthcoming. For web resources, refer to the Web Links page.

Assessment

Refer to the module Teaching Guide for an explanation of the online journal for assessment purposes.

See the Additional Activities page for ideas for extending the lesson offline.

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