Lesson Plan

Roger Williams and the Separation of Church and State

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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


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.


Last updated: February 26, 2015