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SS.7.C.2.5 - The U.S. Constitution and Individual Rights

What You Need to Know:

Student Review Reading for SS.7.C.2.5

Distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights.

Overview:

Benchmark Clarifications:

  • Students will recognize that rights are protected, but are not unlimited. Read more!
  • Students will examine rationales for limiting individual rights. Read more!
  • Students will use scenarios to examine the impact of limits on individual rights on social behavior. Read more!
  • Students will examine the role of the judicial branch of government in protecting individual rights. Read more!

Example One (Low Complexity)

Which right is NOT mentioned in the U.S. Constitution?

A. petition the government

B. due process of the law

C. trial by jury

D. privacy

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Example Two (Moderate Complexity)

The passage below about government is from Federalist No. 51.

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How are the author's views from this passage applied in the U.S. Constitution?

A. The U.S. Constitution limits the rights of the people.

B. The U.S. Constitution limits the power of the federal government.

C. The U.S. Constitution requires the states to provide for the common defense.

D. The U.S. Constitution requires the government to promote the general welfare.

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Example Three (High Complexity)

The timeline below shows events related to the death penalty.

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What constitutional protections have resulted from these events?

A. Constitutional protections from cruel and unusual punishment are safeguarded while executions continue.

B. Constitutional protections from cruel and unusual punishment are limited while executions continue.

C. Constitutional protections of due process of law are safeguarded while executions continue.

D. Constitutional protections of due process of law are limited while executions continue.

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C.2.5 - Vocabulary

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FLDOE Civics Tutorials

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courtesy of FL Department of Education


 

Discovery Education

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  • The First Amendment (total length 4:44) from Just the Facts: The Constitution: The Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments (recommended for classroom use)
  • The Powers of Government in a Federal System (total length 3:58, only watch 2:38-3:23) from Standard Deviants School American Government: Federalism

Civics on Demand

Additional Resources

Check out this one page Guide to the U.S. Constitution!

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Textbook Review

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Chapter 1, Section 2 - p. 11-16

Chapter 2, Section 1 - p. 30-33