How did historical precedents like the Magna Carta and Virginia Declaration of Rights influence the Bill of Rights in the Constitution? Many students do not realize that many of our most fundamental rights--freedom of religion, freedom of speech, right to bear arms, no cruel and unusual punishment--were borrowed from historical precedents the Founding Fathers knew about. In this lesson, students will come to a better understanding of not only what the Bill of Rights mean, but also the precedents that ensured they got into the Constitution in the first place.
Throughout the lesson students will:
1) Respond to a bell ringer that asks students to watch a quick video clip regarding the affinity that Americans have for guns and asks them to consider whether our love for guns is justified or extreme.
2) Read an introductory piece that presents the topic of the Bill of Rights and their historical precedents.
3) Engage in an active photo gallery walk in which groups of students match up a set of photos with the amendment it demonstrates. ***Includes both the original text of the Bill of Rights and a modified version.
4) Study a timeline of historical precedents that preceded the Constitution's Bill of Rights and describe which precedents would have influenced particular amendments.
5) Conclude with an Exit Ticket that asks students to demonstrate their learning of how historical precedents influenced the Bill of Rights.
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