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An Overview of the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Elementary Students

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This is a four-page, "To-the-point" set of notes about the US Constitution. It briefly lists the content of the seven articles of the Constitution. (Ex. "Article 1 lists the powers and duties of Congress.") It does NOT go into the specific powers of each of the three branches of government. It is intended for upper elementary, but it could also work for middle or high school special education.

The bulk of this document is three pages devoted to the Bill of Rights. Again, this provides an overview of all ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights. (Yes, the second amendment is included.) For each of the amendments, I tried to show that the rights are not absolute. For instance, while speech that criticizes the president is protected, speech that disrupts a school is not. Likewise, armed citizens must obey laws that prohibit having a gun in certain places.

I used this for Constitution Day with my fourth grade class. I found it took us about 90 minutes to distribute the notes, paste them in their notebooks, read them, and discuss them. Prior to the lesson, I had printed them out and trimmed them myself. (I always find I'm faster with a paper cutter than they are with scissors!)

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