Oberhaus, Richard

Welcome to Constitution Law - This course is part of the Law & Humanities sequence.  In this class we will learn every aspect of one of the greatest documents ever written.  A document created 9/17/1787 - 232 years ago by our Founding Fathers.

Units of Study - 

Unit 1 - Foundations of the United States of America
  • Brief history of Colonial America
  • Declaration of Independence
  • War for Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • Constitutional Debate
  • Federalist Papers
  • Anti-Federalist Papers
  • Passage of the United States Constitution
Unit 2 - Reading of the Constitution of the United States of America
  • Review of the entire document including all Articles, Bill of Rights, and each of the Amendments.
Unit 3 - The Bill of Rights - 1st Amendment
  1. Part 1 - Freedom of Speech
  2. Part 2 - Freedom of Religion
Unit 4 - The Bill of Rights - 2nd Amendment
  1. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Unit 5 - The Bill of Rights - 4th Amendment
  1. Search and Seizure
Unit 6 - The Bill of Rights - 5th Amendment
  1. Double Jeopardy
  2. Pleading the Fifth
Unit 7 - The Bill of Rights - 6th Amendment
  1. Right to an Attorney
  2. Speedy and Public Trial
Unit 8 - The Bill of Rights - 8th Amendment
  1. Cruel and Unusual Punishments
Unit 9 - Presidential Powers
  1. 20th Amendment
  2. 22nd Amendment
  3. 25th Amendment
  4. War Powers Act
Each unit on the Bill of Rights will be done by reading court cases, discussion, power points, and will conclude with an assessment in which students will have three choices as their assessment; to create a power point presentation, a poster project, or write an essay.

Textbook - The United States Constitution

Remote Learning - Week 2 - Message from 3/29/30

Hi Con Law,

We are starting week 2 of remote learning.  I really don't know how long this will last but we must make the most out of it.  I am going to continue with 3 assignments per week.  I think that is our best option.  This way you have time to work on your core classes.  All students in Constitutional Law are required to complete the work.


You can submit it through google classroom which is the best way or you can email it directly to me at  As I stated last week please avoid emailing through pupil path.  It comes from a do not reply email so I have to then sign into pupil path to reply.  If you email me directly then it is easier. 

I just posted the 3 assignments for week 2 on google classroom.  I will also post them on our class web page. 

  1. Assignment 1 - 4th Amendment Lesson 1 - Due on Tuesday 3/31/20
  2. Assignment 2 - 4th Amendment Lesson 2 - Due on Thursday 4/2/20
  3. Assignment 3 - 4th Amendment Lesson 3 - Due on Monday 4/6/20.

I am going to hold a 30 to 40 minute virtual class on Tuesday.  I will send more information tomorrow.  We will be using Zoom which is a free app that you will download.  If everything goes smoothly I will hold a second one either on Friday or Monday.  If you are not able to meet, I will excuse you but you must contact me to tell that you cannot meet. 

I hope all of you are okay.  Hopefully we will return to normal soon. I miss you guys!!


Mr. Oberhaus

Remote Learning - Week 1 - Message from 3/22/20

Hi Class and Parents,

So tomorrow officially begins Remote Learning.  I will be honest with you, I am still trying to figure out exactly how to do this.  

I have created a Google Classroom account.  I think this will honestly be the best and easiest way for everyone to do the work.  I will post everything on Google classroom as well as the school website.  This way if google classroom goes down hopefully the website will not.  I will also continue using pupil path.  

The google classroom access code is mfoh5or  (lowercase m, lowercase f, lowercase o, lowercase h, number 5, lowercase o, lowercase r)

I also would like to start using Remind immediately.  We can communicate quickly.  I can send short messages and you will be able to respond.  To sign up for Remind - text to number 810-10 with the code @hd2dkc (lowercase h, lowercase d, number 2, lowercase d, lowercase k, lowercase c).

For week number 1 - Monday 3/23/20 through Monday 3/30/20 

  1. Read the two handouts that we began before worked ended on District of Columbia vs Heller.  Check in with me on google classroom to say hello and ask any questions or make any comments.  That is due on Tuesday 3/24/20.
  2. Read McDonald vs Chicago and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Ignores Heller.  Check in with me on google classroom to say hello and ask any questions or make any comments.  That is due on Thursday 3/26/20.
  3. Complete the 2nd Amendment Assessment by Monday 3/30/20.  

We will then begin the 4th Amendment the week of 3/31/20.  My plan is to give you three assignment per week.  I do not want to over burden you because I am concerned at how much work your teachers are giving you in your required classes.  

As you know, besides teaching I am also the Technology Coordinator for the school and I have to continue that job from home as well.  I will have to balance both.  My plan is to make myself available to my students between 7:30 am and 11:30 am.  Contact me via email, through google classroom, or remind.  My email is   My tech hours will be between 12:15 am and 2:20 am.  If you contact me during that time I will respond but try to stick to 7:30 am to 11:30 am. 

I will likely send you a daily hello message each day just to check in.  I sincerely hope you are all healthy and stay that way.  This will pass and life will go back to normal.  

Contact me with any questions.  I miss you guys!!

Mr. Oberhaus