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Search and Seizure
This site has a very interesting discussion between a police officer and a lawyer about search and seizure. A student could earn extra credit by presenting to the class this information about one of the topic developed. You could do this in a number of ways including skits showing legal and illegal searches, a debate between people with different points of view on what is a legal search, or a simple summary of the points made.
http://civilliberty.about.com/

U.S. Constitution: Fourth Amendment
This is a set of links to very detailed descriptions of court rulings. The target audience isfor law students, not middle school, so the reading level is very high. But you can actually learn quite a bit about a certain type of search if you are above average in reading and are willing to wade through it.
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/constitution/amendment04/

Juvenile Laws and Rights
This link is to an Oregon project "Youth Faces the Law: A Juvenile Rights Handbook." It has excellent sections on "When the Police Stop You," "Searches" and "Exceptions to the Warrant Requirement." We used all three of these readings in class. I also included Appleworks documents of the readings to go in the Fourth and Fifth Amendment files. "When the police stop you" is a Fifth Amendment document.This is a set of links to
http://www.osbar.org/legallinks/oregonlaw/pamphlets/youthlaw/juvenile.html

Liberty and Limits: The Federalist Papers Revisited
This link is an excellent one for covering federalism (division of powers)- both the historical origins, and modern controversies. You could read one of the issues covered, and summarize the two points of view. Be sure to note which sections of the Constitution each side uses to support it's position. The readings for "opinion-drug.html" are taken from this site.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/federalist/

PBS Liberty and Limits
This website has lots of information, both historical and contemporary about federalism and federal - state issues. It is based on a television series on PBS called Liberty and Limits.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/federalist/ideas.html

Use of Marijuana
For extra credit, students can read the opposing viewpoints and summarize each, then take a stand supporting one side of the issue. They can also work with a partner or a team to develop a debate to present to the class. The debate topics should be cleared with me in advance and should focus both on factual and constitutional issues involved in the situation. This site is on the use of marijuana.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/federalist/opinion-drug.html

Term Limits for Congressmen
For extra credit, students can read the opposing viewpoints and summarize each, then take a stand supporting one side of the issue. They can also work with a partner or a team to develop a debate to present to the class. The debate topics should be cleared with me in advance and should focus both on factual and constitutional issues involved in the situation. This site is on setting term limits for US Congressmen.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/federalist/opinion-term.html

Mandatory HIV Testing
For extra credit, students can read the opposing viewpoints and summarize each, then take a stand supporting one side of the issue. They can also work with a partner or a team to develop a debate to present to the class. The debate topics should be cleared with me in advance and should focus both on factual and constitutional issues involved in the situation. This site is on setting mandatory HIV testing.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/federalist/opinion-hiv.html

 
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