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Lesson Plan of the Month
Lesson Plan of the Month
Topic: Search & Seizure Target Group: High School
Prepared By: Mark Jordan Agency: Bentonville P. D.
Address: 908 SE 14th Phone: (501) 271-5903
Bentonville, AR 72712
After this lesson, the student will be able to;
1. explain the meaning of search & seizure
2. explain the meaning of reasonable suspicion
3. explain the meaning of probable cause
4. understand the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights
5. list different types of searches
6. understand school searches made by school personnel
versus school resource officers
Self & background
I. What is search & seizure?
A. General explanation
B. Other important words to remember
1. Probable cause
2. Reasonable suspicion
II. History of Search & Seizure
A. Fourth Amendment of Bill of Rights
1. The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable
searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and person or
things to be seized
B. James Madison-Father of Constitution and Father of Bill of Rights (1789)
III. Important court cases
A. Carroll vs. United States (1925) - Automobile searches without a warrant under some circumstances
B. Terry vs. Ohio (1968) - Reasonable suspicion (Stop & Frisk)
IV. Types of Searches
A. Search Warrants
1. Definition - Court order authorizing a search of a person, place, or object. Based on probable cause that
specific items will turn up and must clearly describe the person, place, or object to be searched.
B. Warrantless Searches
2. Plain view
3. Hot pursuit
4. Search incident to arrest
C. School Searches
1. By school authorities
2. By school resource officers
A. What is search and seizure; probable cause, and reasonable suspicion?
B. Who was known as the "Father of the Bill of Rights"?
C. Which Amendment of the Bill of Rights does search and seizure follow?
D. Terry vs. Ohio
E. Different types of searches
1. Search warrant vs. warrantless search
2. Consent, plain view, hot pursuit, and school
Role play search & seizure situation.
Hempelman, Kathleen. Teen Legal Rights - A Guide For The ‘90’s. Chapter 2, pp. 37-41.
Franklin, Paula. The American Heritage History of the Bill of Rights - The Fourth Amendment. Chapter 5, pp. 71-86.
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