Lesson Plan

Roger Williams and the Separation of Church and State

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Grade Level:
Eleventh Grade-College Undergraduate Level
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Duration:
5 class sessions
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Setting:
classroom
Keywords:
religion, roger williams, Freedom of Religion, Rhode Island, school voucher, Constitution, U.S. Constitution

Overview

Roger Williams believed in the idea that religion was a matter of individual conscience, not to be regulated or supported by a government.

In this lesson students examine both sides of the issue of a proposed R. I. bill that would provide tax supported school vouchers for private schools.  The students will research the issue using primary and secondary sources and then participate in a debate as to whether or not this bill is a violation of the separation of church and state.

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