Step One: Choose a Constitutional Issue
- Go to the National Constitution Center website.
- Look at their Town Hall Walls:
- Look at the most recent along with the list under archived Town Hall Walls.
- Click on a topic or question that you personally find interesting or feel especially passionate about.
- Choose something you would not mind talking about with your peers.
Step Two: Research
- Once you have chosen an issue you are going to work on you should do a little bit of research.
- Start with reading the Town Hall Wall that will download once you click on the question you have chosen.
- This will give you the background on the issue and an unbiased look at both sides of the debate.
- You will need to research further to establish how this issue affects us currently in the United States, who is fighting for each side, along with what the current government stance is on the issue.
- For Example: If you choose "Is the Constitution color-blind?" You would first read the Town Hall Wall which summerizes both sides of the debate. Then you would have to reseach the 14th Amendment today and whether discrimination still plays a role in our laws today, or whether certain programs like Affirmative Action are constitutional.
- Great Places to start your reserach are www.cnn.com and www.newyorktimes.com
- For all your Constitution Questions:
- You may Google the issue, but make sure that your sources are credible.
Step Three: Write your Monologue
- You are essentially writing a script just for you.
- Your monologue MUST INCLUDE:
- Clearly State Constitutional Issue
- Example: Is the Death Penalty Constitutional and per the 5th Amendment?
- Explanation of Scenario Surrounding It
- Example: Man in Georgia recently received the Death Penalty when evidence against him was less than credible........Explain more in depth.
- Explanation of Both Sides of the Argument
- Example: Analyze the for and against arguments of the debate on the Death Penalty.
- Explanation of Your Opinion on the Topic
- Example: Rant and Rave that the Death Penalty is an atrocious idea or Rant and Rave that the Death Penalty is necessary.
- You MUST USE THE CONSTITUTION to back up your opinion with facts. Your arguments cannot be baseless. Point out how the issue is clearly constitutional or unconstitutional citing the Constitution itself.
- You want to write this as if you are going to speak it. Should be 4-5 minutes long when read aloud.
- This is not an essay; when I read it I should be able to picture someone saying this on CNN!
- How would Jon Stewart, Wolf Blitzer, or Keith Olbermann approach this?
Step Four: Present
- Anyone who wishes to present their topic will receive extra credit points.
- If you would like to film yourself doing it and showing the video to class you will also receive extra credit.
- These opinions can be very personal so I understand if you do not feel comfortable.