Sikhs, Turbans, and 9/11
http://ca3rsproject.org/pdfs/Sikhs_Turbans_and_9-11.pdf

WEB ARTICLE & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS This article based on material from the Seattle Times show many examples of different types of turbans worn by various ethnic groups in the US. Students are asked to discuss and suggest ways to balance religious liberty and security issues that result from head coverings in schools and other parts of society. MS - HS

Justice as Fairness: John Rawls and His Theory of Justice
Justice as Fairness: John Rawls and His Theory of Justice

WEB LESSON Rawls called his concept of social justice "Justice as Fairness." It consists of two principles. Since he first published A Theory of Justice, he changed the wording of these principles several times. He published his last version in 2001. Student groups evaluate one of the proposals based on John Rawls' Justice as Fairness theory. They answer the following questions: 1. Does the proposal pass or fail John Rawls' two principles of Justice as Fairness? Why? 2. Do you agree or disagree with the proposal? Why?

Stem-Cell Research The Promise and the Pitfalls
http://www.crf-usa.org/bill-of-rights-in-action/bria-22-4-a-stem-cell-research-the-promise-and-the-pitfalls#.UVdQ7hni5Z0

WEB LESSON Stem-cell research promises someday to develop cures for currently incurable medical conditions. Does this noble goal justify research that involves destroying human embryos? Student groups to discuss U.S. policy options on embryonic stem-cell research. After discussion, each group should choose one of the policy options and prepare a defense of it based on information from the article. Each group should finally present its policy choice and defense to the rest of the class.

The Defense of Marriage Act
http://billofrightsinstitute.org/resources/educator-resources/lessons-plans/current-events-and-the-constitution/defense-of-marriage-act/

WEB LESSON This Bill of rights Institute lesson focuses on the separation of powers among the branches of the federal government and how it relates to the issue of the Defense of Marriage passed by Congress in 1996. HS

Allegheny County v. ACLU (1989)
http://billofrightsinstitute.org/resources/educator-resources/lessons-plans/landmark-cases-and-the-constitution/allegheny-county-v-aclu-1989/

WEB LESSON Twenty years ago, the Court decided the First Amendment case of Allegheny County v. ACLU (1989), holding (5-4) that a creche with the words "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" (Glory to God in the highest) displayed on the grand staircase of the county courthouse violated the First Amendment's Establishment Clause. In the same case, six justices held that a joint Menorah-Christmas tree display outside the city-county building did not violate the Establishment Clause. This Landmark Supreme Court Cases and the Constitution eLesson encourages students to analyze the facts and reasoning in this decision.MS-HS

"Vote or Veto" How Does Religion Effect Candidates and Voters?"
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/teach/mormons/lesson.html

WEB LESSON In this Frontline PBS lesson,students learn about the constitutionality of religious tests for office, consider if the electorate impose an "unofficial" religious requirement to hold office, and explore the role of religion in presidential elections. Lastly they valuate their own attitudes concerning the role of religion in U.S. elections.

The School Holiday Calendar
http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/school-holiday-calendar

WEB LESSON Muslims and other religious minorities in New Yorkers are asking whether or not Muslim holidays should be school holidays, as some Christian and Jewish holidays are. This question is relevant in many cities, districts and states. Using a Washington Post article as the base source of information, these activities ask students to engage with the question and think critically about best actions to take.

Prayer and Government Meetings and the First Amendment
http://www.crf-usa.org/images/pdf/members/bria_32_2wb.pdf

WEB RESOURCE & LESSON This third article in CRF's Bill of Rights in Action from Winter 2017 addresses the Establishment Clause as it relates to prayer a public meetings. Students read an article about a case, the Town of Greece (New York)v Galloway, charging that the opening town Board Meetings with prayer violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The case was decided in 2014 by the Supreme Court. Students then apply the opinions in this case and a couple of other religious liberty cases in a moot court activity.

How the First State Constitutions Helped Build the U.S. Constitution
http://www.crf-usa.org/images/pdf/members/bria_29_1_lr.pdf

WEB RESOURCE & LESSON Scroll to the 3rd article. This CRF Bill of Rights in Action article and lesson provides background to students on how early state constitutions became the ideas and processes for creating the U.S. Constitution. The lesson deals with the five states that included a religious test as part of their constitutions and how and why this differs from the U.S. Constitution.