In Do I Have a Right?, players run a law firm that specializes in constitutional law. They must identify whether potential clients “have a right” as they bring various complaints to the firm’s office. When students successfully resolve cases by matching clients with the correct attorneys, their law firm grows. As the game goes on, staff lawyers increase their areas of expertise, and “prestige points” can be used to hire additional attorneys; purchase new furniture for the office; or advertise in a local newspaper. During game play, students will learn to identify whether a constitutional right is being violated; match a given legal right to the constitutional amendment that protects it; plan strategically and sequence tasks; and work on informational text reading skills.
In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online game) to explore constitutional law and citizen's rights. Students will apply informational text skills as they learn to identify whether a constitutional right is being violated and match a given legal right to the constitutional amendment that protects it. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »