Miranda v. Arizona Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this video-based lesson to teach your students about the famous Miranda v. Arizona case. Students will learn the case facts, decision details, significance and consequences of the case using discussion questions and an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain facts and significance of the Miranda v. Arizona case
  • discuss the impact of Miranda v. Arizona
  • form opinions on Miranda rights


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copy of the Miranda rights
  • Copies of the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the United States Constitution
  • Access to the internet
  • Copies of the transcripts for Miranda v. Arizona in full or part, depending on your class needs

Key Vocabulary

  • Miranda v. Arizona
  • Chief Justice Earl Warren
  • Miranda rights

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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