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Unit #4: First Presidents - John Adams and Civil Liberties
Learning Target: I can CRITICIZE how the Alien and Sedition Acts violated the Bill of Rights.

Please complete the steps below to prepare for this assignment:

 Follow the directions below.  You will be creating a tab for this assignment after you have added this lesson's learning target to your LiveBinder.  

1.  Open the "Learning Targets" tab in your LiveBinder.  Copy the learning target above into your LiveBinder.  Be sure to include today's date. 

2.  Create a new tab in your LiveBinder titled "John Adams and Civil Liberties". 

3.  Now click on "content" > "text" > "text-media" option. 


Red Activity:sedition

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: What Are "Civil Liberties?"

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part I: What Are Civil Liberties"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms "civil liberties" and "Bill of Rights."   Type the terms and te definitions in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  Review the liberties guaranteed to every American found in the Bill of Rights.  In your LiveBinder text box make a list of individual freedoms found in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments.  

4.  In your LiveBinder textbox, write a short paragraph (5-7 sentences) explaining why you think the Founding Fathers decided to put these rights and freedom into a legal document such as the Bill of Rights.

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Part II: The Alien and Sedition Acts


1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part II: Alien and Sedition Acts"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "sedition," "alien," and "Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions."  Type the terms and te definitions in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  As the nation prepared for war with France, President Adams was presented with a new controversial law known as the "Alien and Sedition Acts."  To better understand the "Alien and Sedition Acts," take a few
    moments to watch the Alien and Sedition Acts clip from the HBO John Adams Series.   You may also wish to watch this video about the Alien and Sedition Acts to learn even more.  You should also explore the
    materials for this section found in boxes 12-15.

   

4.  Answer the following questions below in your LiveBinder textbox:

    A.  What concerns did John Adams express about the Alien and Sedition Acts when they were presented to him?

    B.  Why do you think John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts?

    C.  How did people in the United States react to the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts?

    D.  What did Thomas Jefferson believe about the Alien and Sedition Acts?




5.  Next, in your LiveBinder, make a list of at least 2 ways in which the Alien and Sedition Acts violated the freedoms found in the  Bill of Rights.  Use the information from Part I to help you.

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Part III: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part II: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "protest" and "Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions." Type the terms and the definitions in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  Next, explore the
materials for this section found in boxes 14-16.  These resources will explain a series of protests against the Alien and Sediction Acts by Jefferson and Madison called the Virginia and Kentucky
     Resolutions. 

     

4.  List at least 10 important facts about the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions in your LiveBinder text box.


5.  Do an Internet search to find an image of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions.  Upload your image into your LiveBinder media box.


6.  Finally, Jefferson and Madison claimed that states had the right to not follow laws passed by Congress if they violated the Constitution.  Write a short response answering the following question:
    
    "Do you believe that a state has the right to not follow a law passed by Congress if it does not agree with the law? Please your response in your LiveBinder text box.

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* If you have some extra time, click Here to enjoy Mr. Gigliotti's golden voice talking about John Adam's as President!

* Would you like to see a PowerPoint presentation about Adams' Administration?

White Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: What Are "Civil Liberties?"

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part I: What Are Civil Liberties"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms "civil liberties" and "Bill of Rights."   Type the terms and te definitions in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  Review the liberties guaranteed to every American found in the Bill of Rights.  In your LiveBinder text box make a list of individual freedoms found in the 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments.  

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Part II: The Alien and Sedition Acts

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part II: Alien and Sedition Acts"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following term: "Alien and Sedition Acts." Type the term and the definition in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  As the nation prepared for war with France, President Adams was presented with a new controversial law known as the "Alien and Sedition Acts."  To better understand the "Alien and Sedition Acts," take a few
    moments to watch the Alien and Sedition Acts clip from the HBO John Adams Series.   You may also wish to watch this video about the Alien and Sedition Acts to learn even more.  You should also explore the
    materials for this section found in boxes 12-15.

   

     The Social Studies for kids website  and the History.org website are also great resources to learn about the Alien and Sedition Acts.

4.  Answer the following questions below in your LiveBinder textbox:

    A.  Which president signed the Alien and Sedition Acts into law?

    B.  List at least three things Americans consider basic rights that the Alien and Sedition Acts did not allow?

    C.  Why did Federalists believe they must pass the Alien and Sedition Acts?

    D.  Why were the Alien and Sedition Acts not overturned by the courts and Judicial Review?



5.  Now, in your LiveBinder text box write a letter to John Adams CRITICIZING how the Alien and Sedition Acts violated or took away the freedoms found in the  Bill of Rights.  Use the information you
     gathered above to help you. 

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Part III: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part II: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "protest" and "Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions." Type the terms and the definitions in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  Next, explore the materials for this section found in boxes 14-16.  These resources will explain a series of protests against the Alien and Sedition Acts by Jefferson and Madison called the Virginia and Kentucky
     Resolutions. 

     

4.  List at least 8 important facts about the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions in your LiveBinder text box.


5.  Do an Internet search to find an image of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions.  Upload your image into your LiveBinder media box.

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* If you have some extra time, click Here to enjoy Mr. Gigliotti's golden voice talking about John Adam's as President!

* Would you like to see a PowerPoint presentation about Adams' Administration?

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Blue Activity:

Assignments to Complete:

Part I: What Are "Civil Liberties?"

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part I: What Are Civil Liberties"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms "civil liberties" and "Bill of Rights."   Type the terms and te definitions in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  Review the liberties guaranteed to every American found in the Bill of Rights.  In your LiveBinder text box make a list of individual freedoms found in the 1st Amendment.  

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Part II: The Alien and Sedition Acts

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part II: Alien and Sedition Acts"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following term: "Alien and Sedition Acts." Type the term and the definition in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  As the nation prepared for war with France, President Adams was presented with a new controversial law known as the "Alien and Sedition Acts."  To better understand the "Alien and Sedition Acts," take a few
    moments to watch the Alien and Sedition Acts clip from the HBO John Adams Series.   You may also wish to watch this video about the Alien and Sedition Acts to learn even more.  You should also explore the
    materials for this section found in boxes 12-15.

   

     The Social Studies for kids website  and the History.org website are also great resources to learn about the Alien and Sedition Acts.

4.  In your LiveBinder textbox, make a list of at least 5 facts you learned about the Alien and Sedition Acts. 

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Part III: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions

1.  In your LiveBinder text box place the following title for this section: "Part II: The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions"

2.  Conduct an Internet search to define the following terms: "protest" and "Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions." Type the terms and the definitions in your LiveBinder text box.

3.  Next, explore the materials for this section found in boxes 14-16.  These resources will explain a series of protests against the Alien and Sedition Acts by Jefferson and Madison called the Virginia and Kentucky
     Resolutions. 

     

4.  List at least 5 important facts about the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions in your LiveBinder text box.


5.  Do an Internet search to find an image of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions.  Upload your image into your LiveBinder media box.

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* If you have some extra time, click Here to enjoy Mr. Gigliotti's golden voice talking about John Adam's as President!

* Would you like to see a PowerPoint presentation about Adams' Administration?

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