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OUSD K-12 History / Social Studies Standards
Sample Question: Bill of Rights Individual rights vs society's needs
Where do you draw the line?

Grade 12 Topics | Grade 12 : OUSD Sample Assignments |  Grade 12 OUSD Model Unit

Historical Thinking Standard
Assignments / Activities
To show evidence of standards, students might:

Examining Evidence

" Examining primary sources (such as photos, artifacts, and documents)

" Relationship between primary sources and historical/ geographical context

" Author's intentions / perspective

" Read the Bill of Rights (including the 14th amendment) and make a list of individual liberties that are protected.

" Categorize the rights (freedom of expression, rights of accused, equality).

" Read cases such as Edwards v. South Carolina, Tinker v. Des Moines, Terry v. Ohio, Furman v. Georgia, etc. Have students summarize the issues

Diversity / Multiple Perspectives

" Influences (such as location, race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation)

" Empathy

" Listen to speakers from the ACLU and the District Attorney's office for differing views on the Bill of Rights.

Read opposing briefs of different court cases and compare their arguments.

Listen to a debate between police officers and public defenders on the exclusionary rule.


" Constructing historical accounts

" Comparing historical accounts

" Moral judgment

" In pairs, debate a court case, explaining your interpretation of the amendment under

Read opinions from court cases connected to the First Amendment and write an essay explaining the differing interpretations.

Determining Historical
Geographical Significance

" Connect past and present

" Causation

" Evaluation

" Location

" Place yourself on a scale of 1-10 (one being complete individual liberty and 10 being totalitarian government). Write an essay explaining this placement using your response to court cases studies in this unit.

" From the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment, select two amendments that had the greatest impact on civil liberties and life today. Give a speech justifying your decision.

Pick one of the following individuals or cases and evaluate their impact on the advancement of civil liberties: Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X Korematsu v. U.S., Lau v. Nichols, Dennis v. U.S., Griswald v. Connecticut, Miranda v. Arizona.


" Application

" Involvement


" Observe or attend a demonstration, rally, or political speech.

" Taking into account the tension between the individual and societies' rights, write a Bill of Rights for your school.