Do I have a right?
Objectives: Match particular rights from the Constitution to hypothetical scenarios.
In Do I Have A Right?, students run their own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. Students need to decide whether potential clients “have a right,” and if so, match them with the right lawyer. The more clients they serve and the more cases they win, the faster their law firms will grow.
By playing the on-line game Do I Have A Right? students repeatedly practice applying the rights in the Constitution to changing fact patterns. They are provided immediate feedback in the form of a win or loss and can adjust their learning as they go.
At the conclusion of each game students can print out a page showing how many “Prestige Points” they have earned. Teachers can establish a threshold for successful completion of the assignment, allowing students to play again and again to obtain a higher score.
iCivics (formerly Our Courts) is a web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. iCivics is the vision of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.