How much do you know about the Bill of Rights or the Constitution? Do you ever think about how those things affect you? Muscatine High School is working on a new way to grab students’ attention by showing them how the Bill of Rights and the Constitution affect them every day.
Muscatine High School’s government classes have been studying the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Teachers Jonna Hall and Kurt Acord wanted to find a way for students to be interested in their rights and understand how the Bill of Rights and Constitution impact them. They wanted to give students the experience of creating their own “sales pitch” and presenting to the community what right they are fighting for and why.
The project is called PSA: Fight for Your Right. The government students break into groups and pick a topic they find interesting or feel strongly about. After the students select a topic, they do research and decide as a group what their opinion is.
After this, they make a survey and send it to friends, family, classmates, and staff members so they can get an idea of other peoples’ views on their topic. After they collect all their information, they will pitch their idea to businesses in the community and get feedback on how they can make their argument stronger.
“I think it is really benefiting the students because they have to present to real business in the community and receive feedback telling them what they did well and what they could improve on,” said Government teacher Mrs. Hall.
Some of the projects the students will be presenting are on the topics of vaccinations, LGBTQ rights, the right to privacy, abortion, the death penalty, what rights students have in school, and gun control.
The project “What rights students have in school” is being done by three senior girls in Mrs. Hall’s government class. They chose their topic because it is something that affects them and other students around the world every day.
“Our message [is], students deserve privacy according to the Fourth Amendment. We are not always getting the privacy we deserve, and we hope that the adults in the school board will consider our statement,” senior Taia Willhoite told The Voice of Muscatine.
Students will present their projects on April 29th to members of the community, hoping to improve their presentation skills and receive feedback on their “sales pitch.” Hall and Acord hope to see excitement in their students as they finish their projects and learn more about their rights as Americans.