Prayer and Friday Night Lights? An Establishment Clause Case from Texas

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Is a Christian prayer before a Friday night football game a nice gesture or the imposition of religion on the rest of the community? A resource asks the question using a clip from the popular movie "Friday Night Lights" and readings about how the First Amendment affects prayer in public schools. After class members consider the issues, they role play to bring a case about public prayer before a football game before the Supreme Court. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use role-playing exercise to explore the First Amendment issues involved in prayer in public schools
  • Read and discuss the text on the Establishment Clause 
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource focuses on the issue of Christian prayer
Pros
  • Resource is well crafted, using a popular movie to intrigue learners
  • Role play is well designed and easy to use in class
Cons
  • None