This activity is definitely a student favorite! I created this Bill of Rights Facebook simulation when I noticed that my students were frequently discussing their activity on Facebook whenever they had a free minute. I thought it would be fun to integrate my students’ interest in Facebook with a thought-provoking Bill of Rights activity. My students had a blast with this simulation!
Steps for the Bill of Rights Facebook Activity:
1. Prepare a bulletin board or display area. You could even line the status pages down the hallway. Use the Facebook decorations if you want to make the display look more like a Facebook page.
2. Staple or tape the status update sheets to the bulletin board or display area. There are a total of 25 status update sheets. Each sheet has a status that demonstrates a little confusion or controversy concerning the Bill of Rights. Students will “comment” on statuses to demonstrate their understanding of the Bill of Rights or argue their position on an issue.
3. Give each student a comment strips page. There are 20 different “doodle faces.” Try to match boy outlines with male students and girl outlines with female students. It’s ok if you must use doodle outlines more than once. The doodle faces will look different when students draw on them.
4. Ask students to read some of the status updates and prepare comments for 5 of them. Ask students to attach the comments with staples, tape, or glue.
This activity leads to excellent discussions and debates. Most years, my students passionately debate a few of the status updates through their comments. The train of comments extends all the way down the wall sometimes. I love to see my students get excited and use critical thinking skills to argue a subject, especially critical pieces of the Bill of Rights. They certainly remembered those rights on assignments and tests! Yay for fun learning activities!
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