Roger Williams and the Separation of Church and State
- Grade Level:
- Eleventh Grade-College Undergraduate Level
- Civic Engagement, Colonial History, Community, Constitutional Amendments, Constitutional Law, Education, Government, Law, Pioneer America, Political Science, Religion, Social Studies
- 5 class sessions
- Group Size:
- Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
- religion, roger williams, Freedom of Religion, Rhode Island, school voucher, Constitution, U.S. Constitution
OverviewRoger 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.
Handout 4: to record arguments and bias of articles Download
Reaction of teachers' union to school voucher bill Download
News articles about school vouchers Download
A sheet for students to write out their debate talking points Download
Scoring sheet for debate, including rubric Download
Text of RI school voucher bill Download