No thematic unit on the Constitution is complete without a discussion of the Bill of Rights.
This project utilizes PowerPoint to present each of the Bill of Rights in a way that is easily understood by all students. After explaining both the structure and the purposes of the Bill of Rights, the presentation leads students through each amendment, allowing multiple opportunities for teachers to provide real-life examples.
The presentation is accompanied by a graphic organizer that allows students to write down the main ideas behind each amendment. Once the presentation is complete, viola! Students have a user-friendly reference sheet.
Students will then use the reference sheet (and any other resources that might be provided by the instructor) to construct a poster based on the Bill of Rights. The guidelines provided here lead students through step-by-step.
I have also created a project rubric for teachers to assess completed posters. These rubric can be distributed to the students ahead of time to use as a "checklist" and ensure that their work meets standards.
Finally, for those students averse to drawing, the PowerPoint includes two alternate assessments.
I have used this presentation and project for years with my own students. They thoroughly enjoy the presentation and examples, and have done a wonderful job with the project. I know you will love it, too!
The presentation is saved in Office 97-2003. The graphic organizer and project rubric are saved in Word 97-2003. This will allow instructors to modify due dates, points available, and criteria as needed.
Project: The Bill of Rights
by Brian Hook
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