Sample Learning Playlist This was created by Mrs. Self as an example. Topic: Third Amendment – No Quartering of Troops One of the liberties which we often forget or ignore is the protection against quartering troops in our home during peace time. This learning playlist will allow the viewer to understand the history of the right, the right and the effects of this protection for U.S. citizens. Step 1: The Constitution Center/Annenberg Press. This site contains the text of the third amendment to the Constitution and includes some explanation of the amendment. http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution/the-amendments/amendment-3-quartering-of-soldiers Step 2: WikiAnswers - What Does Quartering of Troops Mean? This site allows people to ask questions and receive answers for anyone on the web who chooses to answer. While the site can have incorrect information at times, this particular question does generate some links to additional information that might be helpful. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_quartering_of_troops_mean Step 3: The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. This site gives history on the Quartering Acts imposed by Britain on the colonists. This gives some insight on why the Founders thought it was important to protect this as a right. http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/the-quartering-act Step 4: The Heritage Guide to the Constitution: Quartering of Troops. This site explains the third amendment, some of the controversies over this protection at the time of ratification of the Constitution and how it has been used in other cases to form precedents. http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/amendments/3/essays/143/quartering-of-troops Step 5: The Post Gazette, November 2002. This site gives a modern example of each amendment to the Constitution. This example cites the deployment of troops around the United States after 9/11. http://old.post-gazette.com/nation/20021117amendment_3p9.asp Step 6: Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties. This site explains some of the history of the third amendment, but, more importantly points to modern interpretation of the meaning underlying the third amendment and the balancing act that must be undertaken. http://american-civil-liberties.com/historical-overview/4332-quartering-of-troops-iii.html Bonus Stop: Reason.TV: A humorous look at an amendment that both liberals and conservatives can agree on! https://youtu.be/1pk8IxqYF0E Essential Question Answered: What are the competing values found in the inclusion of the third amendment to the Constitution? Answer: This amendment reflects the struggle to balance the individual's need for privacy with the government's need to provide security for the good of the nation as a whole. While it is difficult to imagine the government requiring citizens to house soldiers in their homes today, it was a very real problem at the time the Constitution was written. Without this liberty, Congress would be able to compel citizens to house soldiers at any time and this could change our definitions of both liberty and privacy.
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