Susie & Tyler’s Current Events

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We know you can Google the news. And we know you know how to make connections between current events and what you are teaching. But wouldn’t it be nice if another teacher did the homework for you?

Another teacher has – two of them, in fact. CLP consultants Susie Marcus and Tyler Kaltenbach Mykut are doing the work for you.

Susie and Tyler connect the Constitution, government, and principles of democracy to a recent news event. Insightful prompts, connections to standards and more keep teachers returning to this resource – check out our archive.

Here are some of the reasons teachers have come to rely on them week after week:

  • Reliable source for appropriate current events to use in class. Ever suffer through student-selected stories of little Fluffy or, worse, the rapist next door? Suffer no longer; appropriateness is no longer a worry.
  • Balanced reporting with a story that has been vetted. Leaving the selecting to Susie and Tyler assures that you will get a story that looks at multiple views or offers additional sources to learn more.
  • Interesting stories with Constitutional connections. Being interesting or entertaining is not enough. That is why Susie and Tyler include connections to the Constitution and other government and civics principles so that you get the most of precious instructional time.
  • Regular, weekly appearance. Since you can rely upon teacher-vetted current events landing in your inbox every week, you are freed to do other things. Consider it CLP’s gift of time for you.
  • Connections to the Constitution, state standards, and the Common Core. Check, check, and check. All three every week. You can depend on it.

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Susie & Tyler’s Current Event: June 6, 2017

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Topic: The Fifth Amendment


No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.




Questions to Consider

  • What is the Fifth Amendment? Why was it included in the Bill of Rights?
  • What is the history of a right to silence? How is the Fifth Amendment connected to the Magna Carta of 1215?
  • What are procedural rights? Why is due process crucial to a fair trial?
  • What are the five sections of the Fifth Amendment? How do the five sections relate to one another? (grand juries for capital crimes, a prohibition on double jeopardy, a prohibition against required self-incrimination, a guarantee that all criminal defendants will have a fair trial, and a promise that the government will not seize private property without paying market value)
  • Why is the Fifth Amendment specifically for those who are criminally accused?
  • What is the importance of the1966 landmark Miranda v Arizona ruling?
  • What is contempt?What is immunity?
  • What is collusion?
  • Why would a person invoke Fifth Amendment rights?
  • Does refusing to testify mean that you are automatically guilty?
  • Why or why not? Can you be punished for refusing to testify?
  • Can the privilege against self-incrimination be used in civil as well as criminal cases?
  • Why might it be important to protect the privilege against self-incrimination even if you do not plan to use it yourself?



Pre-teaching, Extensions & Further Reading


Lesson Plans


What’s the Connection?





Oregon State Social Science Standards

8.26. Examine a controversial event, issue, or problem from more than one perspective.

HS.24. Analyze and critique the impact of constitutional amendments.

HS.27. Examine functions and process of United States government.

HS.31. Describe United States foreign policy and evaluate its impact on the United States and other countries.

HS.33. Explain the role of government in various current events.

HS.35. Examine the pluralistic realities of society (e.g., race, poverty, gender, and age), recognizing issues of equity, and evaluating need for change.

HS.59. Demonstrate the skills and dispositions needed to be a critical consumer of information.

HS.60. Analyze an event, issue, problem, or phenomenon from varied or opposing perspectives or points of view.


CCSS Anchor Standards

  1. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  2. Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  3. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
  4. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  5. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.


We the People Lesson Connections

Middle School, Level 2

  • Unit 5, Lesson 27: How does the Constitution protect the right to due process of law?
  • Unit 6, Lesson 28: What is the relationship of the United States to other nations in the world?

High School, Level 3

  • Unit 5, Lesson 32: How do the Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments protect rights within the judicial system?
  • Unit 6, Lesson 37: What key challenges does the United States face in the future?
  • Unit 6, Lesson 38: What are the challenges of the participation of the United States in world affairs?


Current Events Archive

Current events from previous years are organized by category. Click on the hyperlinked current event titles below to download the document.  Since the following documents are less current than they were upon release, some of the website links may not work.  You can often find archived articles by searching the referenced website for the article title.


Trip Abroad II 5/30/2017s
President’s First Trip Abroad 5/23/2017
Special Prosecutor  5/16/2017
Elections in France 5/9/2017
Press Secretary 5/2/2017
United Nations Peacekeepers 4/25/2017
Federal Bureau of Investigation 4/18/2017
Turkey 4/11/2017
Food Security 4/4/2017
Federal Budget 3/21/2017
Women’s Suffrage 3/14/2017
Nominating a Justice of the Supreme Court 3/7/2017
The Role of the Press 2/28/2017
Protest 2/21/2017
Executive Order 2/14/2017
Sanctuary Cities 2/7/2017
President’s Cabinet 1/31/2017
U.S.-Russia Relations 1/24/2017
Inauguration 2017 1/17/2017
Fake News 1/10/2017
Nobel Peace Prize 1/3/2017
Word of the Year 12/13/2016
Suing Saudi Arabia 12/6/2016
Gwen Ifill 11/29/2016
Emojis 11/29/2016
Presidential Transition 11/15/2016
Election Day 11/8/2016
Electing the President 11/1/2016
Bundy Trial 11/1/2016
Oregon Ballot Measures 10/25/2016
Walls 10/18/2016
Aleppo 10/11/2016
National Museum of African American History and Culture 10/04/2016
Colin Kaepernick 9/27/2016
Presidential Debates 9/20/2016
Constitution Day, September 17 9/13/2016
Pokemon Go 9/6/2016