The Constitution

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Supreme Court justices debate the meaning of the US Constitution, but we expect teachers to explain it to scholars with far less training and experience. A daunting task for sure, but it's not insurmountable with resources that simplify it. An easy-to-understand resource provides a concise overview of the historical context, important principles, and content of the US Constitution, all of which are important to the field of criminology. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign as a supplemental review of the US Constitution
  • Give students a list of key terms related to the Constitution and the Constitutional Convention and provide it to find the answers 
Classroom Considerations
  • Part of a series of five lessons on the Role of the Federal Courts; great to use as a standalone lesson or with the others
  • Reading level is better suited for high school scholars
  • The interactive quiz is a fairly simple, but effective, six-question review of the seven articles of the US Constitution
  • Highlighted key terms link to a glossary of definitions
  • Includes a concise timeline and useful summaries of the each of the US Constitution's seven articles
  • Small font size and confusing navigation are distracting