No Weapons Allowed

Lesson Duration

Author:  Melissa Lumberg, Hilda Harris, and Charlotte Wager for the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago

Students will evaluate what makes a good rule.  The common “no weapons allowed” school rule is tested through a variety of scenarios.  Students place themselves on a line to express their opinion regarding the application of the rule to the situation.  Factors for evaluating rules are part of the lesson.


  • Students will learn to evaluate what is necessary for a good rule.
  • Students will deliberate on how to apply a rule to facts.
  • Students will come to an opinion and defend it.



The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) works with elementary and secondary schools to develop critical thinking skills, civic participation, and commitment to the rule of law among young people.