Lesson Plan

Eminent Domain

After viewing the documentary The Last Roundup, a documentary about the transitioning of Santa Rosa from a privately own island to a National Park, class members debate the takings clause of the Fifth Amendment that permits the government to expropriate private property for public use.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Show The Last Roundup video twice, once before assigning groups one of the characters, and a second time after a discussion of eminent domain and after groups have been assigned a character
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members should have experience with the debate format and persuasion techniques
  • Younger learners require additional scaffolding to understand the concept of eminent domain
Pros
  • The resource includes links to materials about Chalk Talks, Circles of Viewpoints, debates, and rubrics
Cons
  • None