6th Amendment Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

The 6th Amendment guarantees us certain rights and it is important to understand these rights. In this lesson plan, students will explore 6th Amendment and complete an activity to solidify their understanding.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Explain the 6th Amendment and all the clauses therein
  • Participate in a group discussion about the clauses of the amendment
  • Develop a skit demonstrating the amendment in action


1-2 class periods

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.



  • Begin by discussing what an amendment is and why we have amendments to the US Constitution.
  • Ask students to share any examples of amendments they've heard of or read about (perhaps some already studied in class).
  • Show the video lesson, What is the 6th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Court Cases. As it plays, use a printed transcript of the video as your guide and stop the video occasionally to discuss.
    • After ''Definition of the 6th Amendment,'' discuss:
      • How would you feel if this were you in the scenario?
      • What do you think the 6th Amendment might be about?
    • After each of the clauses are described in the video, stop and discuss them. Answer questions that students might have.
    • After playing the ''Lesson Summary,'' ask students to raise their hands to share something they have learned about the 6th Amendment from the video.
  • Take time for brief class discussion and be sure to answer any remaining questions.
  • Give each student a printed copy of the lesson worksheet and complete the worksheet as a class.
  • Check for understanding by administering the quiz.

Group Activity

To reinforce understanding of the 6th Amendment, use the following activity.

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