Sample GED Test Prep Lesson: Up In Arms Over the 2nd Amendment

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Published on March 6, 2014

Author: MeagenHowe



Sample interdisciplinary lesson to be facilitated in group GED Test Prep by trained instructor.

Up in Arms Over the Second Amendment Meagen Farrell Author of Teaching Adults: A 2014 GED® Test Resource Book

Please Note: This is an interdisciplinary lesson plan intended to be facilitated with a group by a trained adult literacy or GED® Test Prep instructor. For more background information on this method, please watch the presentation Preparing Low Level Learners for the GED Test.

Interdisciplinary Lesson Analyze reading passages Interpret data Social Studies content 2nd Amendment Write a response and cite evidence

Why Are We Learning as a Group?

How Do We Want to Act as a Group? • • • • One person talks at a time. We do not have to agree. Everyone can share their thoughts and feelings. Respond to the topic, not to others’ comments. Are there rules you want to change, delete, or add?

Activity • Read and analyze the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and two different viewpoints on what it means from two active U.S. citizens’ groups. • Choose a position to support, and select evidence to support that position.

Before We Read • What is the U.S. Constitution? • What is the Bill of Rights? • What is an amendment?

The Second Amendment A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Two Groups, Two Meanings We will now read about two different citizens’ groups that interpret this amendment in two different ways.

National Rifle Association (NRA) The NRA believes the Second Amendment means that most U.S. citizens have the right to personal gun ownership and use. Why? They believe “a well regulated militia” means all citizens have the right to defend themselves with guns.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence The Brady Campaign believes that the Second Amendment means that we should enact stronger regulation to protect citizens from gun violence. Why? They believe that “A well regulated militia” means just people in regulated categories are authorized to own and use guns.

Why Do They Think Differently? The NRA looks at evidence that handgun bans increase murder rates.

Why Do They Think Differently? The Brady Campaign looks at evidence that there are too many victims of gun violence.

The Second Amendment A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

What Do You Think? • What does “a well regulated militia” mean? • If you had to choose between the Brady Campaign and the NRA, which would you support? Why? • What evidence supports your choice?

Summarize Your Thoughts Write a few sentences explaining whether you would support either the Brady Campaign or the NRA. Why? Use at least one quote or statistic we looked at today.


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