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On July 22, 2020

Bell Ringer: Due Process and the Miranda Warning

Miranda Rights as Used in TV and Movies

As part of C-SPAN's Landmark Cases: Miranda v Arizona, Susan Swain C-SPAN host introduces scenes from a variety of TV shows and movies that illustrate the Miranda Rights.


The Supreme Court has the power to interpret the Constitution. Its rulings on cases determine the meaning of laws and acts of Congress and the president. This bell ringer discusses the Supreme Court Case that led to the Miranda Warnings being used by law enforcement. It can be used to introduce students to the 5th amendment and due process of law or as a closure activity after students have been taught due process. Have students turn and talk with a partner to answer the questions and ask some groups to share their answers. Teachers can also opt to use the worksheet in the Additional Resources section and assign it to students through Google Classroom, Schoology, or other platform.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What do the movie clips tell you about the Miranda warning?
  • Which amendment to the Constitution states that you do not need to speak to the police?
  • In Miranda v. Arizona, what did the Supreme Court say the police had an obligation to do?
  • From the third clip, what is meant by due process?
  • How are your due process rights covered by the Miranda warning?

Additional Resources



    • Arrest
    • Attorney
    • Constitution
    • Due Process
    • Rights
    • Supreme Court


    Civil Rights & Civil LibertiesCriminal Law & JusticeJudicial BranchSupreme Court Cases


    Middle School