Grade: Senior
Subject: other

#3807. Constitutional Curiosities: A Scavenger Hunt

, level: Senior
Posted Tue Sep 12 14:17:54 PDT 2006 by Jim Chen (
Consitutional Curiosities
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Materials Required: Internet access or printouts
Activity Time: Homework assignment or 1-2 hours
Concepts Taught: United States government and history

Dear teachers:

I am a law professor at the University of Minnesota. I have developed a little item that involves reading the Constitution for clues to a scavenger hunt. It requires no training in law at all -- indeed, I use it in the first week of class here. A friend suggested that I license it for free use in high schools and colleges. That's exactly what I've done.

The exercise is called "Constitutional Curiosities: A Twenty-One Question Scavenger Hunt." It is available for free download at

Given the technological sophistication of today's students, I've also posted a version of this scavenger hunt online at this address:

Students might find it more fun to look up this exercise on the web. And then they can find the answer key for themselves, courtesy of the item's final link.

Please feel free to use "Constitutional Curiosities," as long as you attribute the source and as long as your use is noncommercial. I invite you to make your own modifications and to distribute them. In the spirit
of the Creative Commons license that I'm using, I ask that you share your
modifications on the same terms -- noncommercial use, plus a commitment
to sharing all changes. Of course, I invite you to share this message
itself with anyone who might be interested.

I welcome your questions and feedback at

Jim Chen
Associate Dean
James L. Krusemark Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455