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        Lesson Plan | Making Civics Real: Freedom of Religion

        This lesson demonstrates the constructivist methodologies of questioning strategies and their use in mock trials. It features ninth grade civics students at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a simulation of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing concerning a First Amendment case. The goals of this lesson are twofold: to explore the structure and process used by the United States Supreme Court in interpreting and applying the Constitution and to apply those operational principles to a case previously decided by the Court. This lesson includes four student activities.


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