This is a bundle of 3 presentations on the Bill of Rights - The First Amendment. The bundle includes a stand-alone, highly animated, 25 slide power point presentation on the Bill of Rights – The First Amendment and a Student Study Guide with an Answer Key for the teacher with a Guided Notes Activity Worksheet. Each of the slides in the power point presentation are editable so you can modify the slides to the presentation as needed.
The U. S. Constitution document was signed on September 17, 1787, but still had to be ratified 9 of the 13 states. By December 7, 1787, DE, PA, NJ, GA and CT were the first 5 to sign. Several states expressed concerns that the document did not provide enough individual protections, those states included MD, SC and most notable; MA. MA refused to sign the document because it failed to: reserve un-delegated powers to the states and lacked protection of constitutional rights such as speech, religion and the press.
In February 1788, a comprise was reached that would add amendments to satisfy MA. Satisfied, MD, SC and MA all ratified the document as amended, bringing the total to 8 states who had signed. In June 1788, NH became the 9th state to ratify, insuring adoption! In June, VA and NY ratified.
It was agreed that the government under the United States Constitution would begin on March 4, 1789. September 25, 1789, the first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments and sent them to the states for ratification. Ten Amendments were ratified in July 1791. NC became the 12th state to ratify. RI, which had held out, opposing the federal control of money and issue of the slavery compromise, ratified on May 29, 1790 after the Government threatened to sever commercial relations with the state.
The Bill of Rights then, was introduced to Congress in 1789 and adopted on December 15, 1791, and included the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. This presentation deals with only the First Amendment.
Two Opposing Groups
The First Amendment
First Amendment Text
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of the Press
Right to Assemble
Right to Petition
First Amendment: Interpretations
Interpretations: Freedom of Religion
Interpretations: Freedom of Speech (2)
Interpretations: Freedom of Press
Interpretations: The Right to Assemble (2)
Interpretations: The Right to Petition
End of Presentation
The is a Student Study Guide includes a Guided Notes Activity Worksheet and a Teacher Answer Key to accompany the Florida Students educational resources tutorial: Exploring the First Amendment.
Complies with Florida Civics Benchmark SS.7.C.2.4: Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.
If you do not have a computer or laptop for each student, you are able to present the tutorial class activity completing each practice activity as you progress through the tutorial. If you have a smartboard, students can complete the activity at their seat, individually or with partners, and then come to the smartboard to present the answer. If you have computers or a laptop for each student, students can complete the tutorial and add answers as they progress through the tutorial at their own pace.
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... Establishing the United States Government.