Where to Draw the Line: Balancing Government Surveillance with the Fourth Amendment

The question of how to balance Fourth Amendment Rights with national security concerns becomes critical in an age of planned terrorist attacks, election interference, and fake news. Get young social scientists involved in the debate with a lesson that asks them to consider issues of privacy versus public safety.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the lesson and the related materials as part of a study of George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984
Classroom Considerations
  • While the article itself is dated (September 17, 2013) the issues raised are timely, well worth the class time
  • The resource includes a lesson plan, activities, links to research sites, and discussion questions
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