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Ch 7: Constitutional Law in the U.S.: Intro to Criminal Justice Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Constitutional Law in the U.S. Intro to Criminal Justice chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the details of U.S. constitutional law in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Constitutional Law in the U.S. Intro to Criminal Justice chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The First Amendment Strict scrutiny and commercial speech
Tuesday The Constitution's Fourth Amendment Search and seizure; case study
Wednesday Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments Due process and takings
Thursday Equal Protection Clause Rational basis test, quasi-suspect classification, suspect classification and discriminatory laws
Friday The Constitution's Ninth Amendment Rights retained by people; case study

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: Constitutional Law in the U.S.: Intro to Criminal Justice Lesson Plans
The First Amendment: Commercial Speech, Scrutiny & Restrictions

1. The First Amendment: Commercial Speech, Scrutiny & Restrictions

The First Amendment of the Constitution states that all citizens are free to practice their preferred religion, speak freely and to assemble. Learn how and why businesses are less protected and are held to a higher scrutiny in this lesson.

The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure

2. The Fourth Amendment: Search & Seizure

One of our rights according to the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution is the Fourth Amendment, and it protects citizens from illegal search and seizure of person or property with proper warrants stating probable cause.

Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments

3. Due Process & Taking the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendments

There are only two amendments that stand for the same rights: the 5th Amendment and 14th Amendment. In this lesson, we will learn how both amendments speak to the rights of life, liberty and property with government protection and due process.

The Equal Protection Clause in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments

4. The Equal Protection Clause in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments

Both the 5th Amendment and the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution provide all citizens with equal protection of their right to life, liberty and property. The main difference being the 5th Amendment provides it under the Due Process clause.

Ninth Amendment: Rights Retained by People

5. Ninth Amendment: Rights Retained by People

The purpose of the Ninth Amendment is to protect the citizens' rights that aren't necessarily mentioned elsewhere in the Constitution, like the right to privacy or the right to marry. It also prevents the violation of those rights by the government.

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