Teaching the Bill of Rights is one of my absolute favorite lessons. After all, what can be more relevant to a student's life than their rights?! Studying the Bill of Rights naturally produces scenarios and questions from students that leads to a deeper understanding of what's a right and what violates the rights of others. This lesson seeks to foster those questions, enhance student engagement, and encourage critical thinking.
In this resource, there are 4 lessons intended for 50-60 minute class periods. If you have block periods, the lessons can be easily combined to fit that structure as well.
What to Expect:
- Day One: Students will have answer thoughtful warm up questions to prepare them to learn about the Bill of Rights. The teacher will have a PPT slide giving a bit of background on this important founding document including an Essential Question for the day. Then students will jigsaw the first 10 amendments to the Constitution to read and interpret in small groups. Warm Up & student notes worksheets & PPT slides provided. Text of the Bill of Rights is also provided.
- Day Two: Using the PPT slides, students will read 5 brief summaries of court cases related to the Bill of Rights. They will then try to solve the case as the Supreme Court would using the Bill of Rights as evidence. Solutions to the real court cases provided. Next, students will begin an individual project where they choose an amendment from the Bill of Rights, summarize a court case related to the amendment, research and summarize a recent news article related to the court case, and use their creativity to put the project together on a decorated manila folder. Student worksheet for court cases provided and detailed project instructions/rubric provided.
- Days Three-Four: Students use class time to complete project
- Student access to computers & the internet
- Manila Folder (one per student)
- Dictionaries (suggested)
- Students might need access to a printer
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