Constitutionalpalooza

Goal: To educate fellow students about a current issue of Constitutional significance.

Research Components:

Formulate a Question

· Pose a significant question related to the issue
o Keep in mind the question should be H-O-T: Higher Order Thinking
o are you looking for analysis of cause and effect or comparison and contrast, gauging validity, understanding perspective

· Develop some possible approaches to answering the question.
o Analysis of cause and effect or comparison and contrast, gauging validity, understanding perspective
o Refrain from making the question too narrow

Contextualize the Issue

· Situate the issue in its historical context
o What is the controversy surrounding the issue?
o Who does the issue affect?
o When did the issue become a part of the national dialogue?
o In what geographic area are people most affected?
o How has the issue united or divided people?
o How does this issue connect to the Constitution?

Current Standing of the Issue

· Provide information on the current dialogue about the issue
o What Supreme Court decisions have been decided which affect your issue? OR, what Supreme Court cases are in the process of being argued that may affect your issue?
o What interesting facts did you come across in your research that is important to share?

Sources

· Be sure to keep track of your sources.