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This First Amendment Pendant Banner Project has students fill out a banner representing each of the five freedoms listed in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution! Students define, give an example of, and illustrate our freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition in this Bill of Rights creative project suitable for all ages of Civics, American Government, and American History students!
Created as creative enrichment for Florida State Standard SS.7.C.2.4: The Bill of Rights and Other Amendments, I use this banner as a culminating activity for our study of the First Amendment of the Constitution. This can be an individual assignment or a group project -- simply divide the kids into groups of 3-5 and have them each tackle a pendant or two! Once completed, these banners make great decorations for your classroom!
This resource includes:
✯ A blank template for each of the six pendants that make up this First Amendment Banner: a title pendant, and one for each of the five freedoms:
- freedom of religion
- freedom of speech
- freedom of press
- freedom of assembly
- freedom of petition.
✯ An optional rubric that details the assignment, explaining expectations. Students are to design each pendant so it represents the given First Amendment freedom, and are to include the definition, an example, and at least one image.
✯ Samples! Several samples are included in this PDF of completed pendants to inspire the students and help them brainstorm ideas!
Encourage your students to be as bold, creative, and inventive as they make their banners stand out -- you can give them stickers, ribbons, pop-up elements; they can make collages out of pictures from magazines, newspapers, and the internet; they can find quotes and newspaper headlines to add to their pendants, or fully illustrate and color the pendants by hand! These banners can be as simple or as elaborate as your kids are capable of; encourage them to get creative and make their banners stand out!
This resource comes as a non-editable PDF.
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