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        Freedom of Religion | Making Civics Real: Workshop 1

        In this one hour video program, you will see Kristen Borges and her ninth grade students involved in a simulation of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on a First Amendment case. The case concerns a Texas school district that appealed a lower court decision directing them to discontinue having a student deliver a prayer over the intercom before football games. Kristen Borges's students—who do not know the actual outcome of the case at the start of the lesson—assume the roles of justices, attorneys for the families, or attorneys for the school district. Over a three day period, they first work in groups to prepare for the hearing, then participate in the hearing, and finally, debrief their experiences and write a paper stating their position on the case, including the benefits and potential problems to society of their recommended decision.


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