Professor Robin Charlow has been teaching Constitutional Law to local elementary students studying the subject as part of their required New York State social studies curriculum. In September, she assisted with a program on the Bill of Rights, in which classes of fifth graders broke up into small groups that argued the merits of a number of historic First Amendment cases. In October, she used participatory play-acting techniques to teach another group of fifth graders how the three branches of the federal government actually operate to make, enforce, and adjudicate law. The students examined a local issue (unleashed dogs), drafted and voted on a variety of proposed remedial laws, came up with plans for executive implementation, and then adjudicated a hypothetical dispute over the application of their law.
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