Interpreting the Constitution: What Does That Mean?

Students learn that the rights in the Bill of Rights have no exact definition and are open to interpretation (by the Supreme Court, of course).  Students look at real-life cases involving the 8th and 5th amendments and see whether they come to the same conclusion about each case as the Supreme Court did. [This lesson has been recently updated!]

Note: This lesson includes an optional PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep below).

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