The Constitution and Bill of Rights are part of all our daily lives. After all, the rights we enjoy as citizens are spelled out and protected by these founding documents. Reminders of the role they play in our lives are literally everywhere. I don’t go a day without encountering references to the Constitution in current events, popular culture, or entertainment. On Wednesday I will be giving students an assignment to search out connections to the Constitution that they encounter in daily life outside my classroom. Students will be completing a short write up for each and submitting their work portfolio style. View the full assignment and directions.
Here is an example of a Constitutional connection (sorry 8th graders may not use this specific one) Also notice it is connected in more than one way!
Saturday Night Live
November 2, 2013
Channel 5 - WPTZ- NBC Universal Television
In this clip the Actress/Comedian Kate McKinnon played the role of Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. The topic of the sketch is the website healthcare.gov, where citizens are supposed to be able to use to sign up for insurance under the new healthcare law. The sketch mocks the website as a flop and casts the Secretary and entire Obama administration as inept.
Connection to the United States Constitution:
The Secretary of Health and Human services is a high ranking Government official. According to Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2 members of the President’s Cabinet must be approved by 2/3 of the Senate.
The First Amendment to the Constitution Protects Freedom of Speech. In America we are free to criticize our government without fear of being arrested or punished. SNL frequently exercises the first amendment in order to make people laugh. Although my guess is that President Obama and Secretary Sebelius did not laugh.