A Final Appeal: Problem Log

The First Amendment and To Kill a Mockingbird

By Shelagh A. Gallagher, Ph.D., Dana L. Plowden

$8.50

Class sets 10 or more print books: $7.00 each
Order code: 7312S

The Problem Log is where students record their work. It contains activity sheets, formal assignments, and other pages that are essential to students as they progress through the unit.

Description

A teacher has been fired for using To Kill a Mockingbird in her class. She sued the district and lost. Now she is appealing to a district court. In this PBL unit, students take on the role of members of the court of appeals who must decide the case.

Based on an actual court case, A Final Appeal instructs students in the nuances of the First Amendment. Framed around the concept of continuity, students learn how court decisions are made as they address the same questions facing real judges. What speech is protected, and what is not? What are the rights of employers and employees? What is the role of stare decicis, the rule that compels judges to follow precedent cases? Students also learn about the structure of the U.S. court system—and if there is time, they read To Kill a Mockingbird, too!

This unit is perfect for middle school or high school government courses, language arts courses, or interdisciplinary instruction.

Details

Curriculum
Problem-Based Learning
Series
A Final Appeal Problem-Based Learning Unit
Ages
11, 12, 13, 14, 15
Grades
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Subjects
Other Language Arts, History, Problem-Based Learning, Problem-Solving
Pages
42
ISBN
978-0-89824-731-2
Order Code
7312