Fourth Amendment Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Do your students know what the Fourth Amendment is? Teach them with this video-based lesson plan that includes detailed vocabulary explaining Fourth Amendment rights and a case to show how it works. Follow up with a fun activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define and explain the Fourth Amendment
  • use content-specific vocabulary appropriately
  • give examples of how the Fourth Amendment is applied

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Copies of the Fourth Amendment
  • Access to the internet

Key Vocabulary

  • Fourth Amendment
  • Expectation of privacy
  • Plain view
  • Stop and frisk
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Probable cause
  • Warrant
  • Search warrant
  • Arrest warrant

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.4

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

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