The Patriot Act

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Gr 9 Up-These titles offer different twists on the publisher's pro-and-con approach to controversial issues. The first book uses the Patriot Act to present instruction on writing a critical essay. In the first section, six articles accompanied by pictures, graphs, and political cartoons debate the legality of and the effect of the legislation on immigrants. One of the articles is taken directly from Louise Gerdes's The Patriot Act (Gale, 2005). The second section is divided into three model essays and guided exercises. The appendixes provide facts about the Patriot Act, discuss "Finding and Using Sources of Information," demonstrate how to cite works in MLA style, and suggest possible essay topics. The second volume examines civil liberty and war via political cartoons. Although the first illustration is dated 1863, the book is not a historical overview-10 of the 16 cartoons are based on the recent threat of and war on terror. A contextual explanation, the artist's name, and the place and time of original publication follow each illustration. The third book presents the origin of the Fourth Amendment and traces the evolution of its meaning through primary documents and scholarly articles. While some of the articles may be too sophisticated for teens, they clearly demonstrate how interpretation and application of this amendment have changed over time. Supreme Court cases involving the Fourth Amendment are listed and summarized in an appendix. All three volumes contain substantial lists for further reading and lists of organizations to contact regarding civil liberties.-Joanne K. Cecere, Monroe-Woodbury High School, Central Valley, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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