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Response Group

Suggested time: 50-100 minutes


1 Introduce the activity. Explain to students that they will now play a game called Do They
Have the Right? In which they will read a series of Supreme Court cases related to rights and
freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights. For each case, they need to determine whether they
think the person or people have that right and justify their position using information from the
book and their Reading Notes. They will discuss and debate their ideas with one another before
finding out what really happened.
2 Place students in groups of three.
3 Have students read and complete the Reading Notes for Section 3. Consider reviewing the
answers as a class.
4 Play Round 1 of Do They Have the Right? Project Do They Have the Right? First
Amendment in the presentation. Reveal and follow the steps one at a time. Then project Do They
Have the Right? First Amendment in the presentation and follow the same process. Afterward,
ask the class,
What rights or freedoms does the First Amendment protect?
Why are these rights and freedoms important to you?
5 Have students read and complete the Reading Notes for Section 4. Consider reviewing the
answers as a class.
6 Play Round 2 of Do They Have the Right? Project Do They Have the Right? Fourth
Amendment in the presentation. Reveal and follow the steps one at a time. Then project Do They
Have the Right? Fourth Amendment in the presentation and follow the same process. Afterward,
ask the class,
What rights or freedoms do the Second, Third, and Fourth Amendments protect?
Why are these rights and freedoms important to you?
7 Have students read and complete the Reading Notes for Section 5. Consider reviewing the
answers as a class.
8 Play Round 3 of Do They Have the Right? Project Do They Have the Right? Sixth
Amendment in the presentation. Reveal and follow the steps one at a time. Then project Do They
Have the Right? Fifth and Sixth Amendments in the presentation and follow the same process.
Afterward, ask the class,
What rights or freedoms do the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Amendments protect?
Why are these rights and freedoms important to you?
9 Have students read and complete the Reading Notes for Section 6. Consider reviewing the
answers as a class.