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Before jumping right into the study of the Bill of Rights, there is a fun way to help students understand the need for and content of a Bill of Rights. Use the Dr. Seuss book/story Yertle the Turtle as a springboard for discussion about freedom, rights, and government.
After activities using Yertle, students then take a hard look at the actual Bill of Rights, which were the first ten amendments to our Constitution.
Some activities may better apply to older students, especially the 7 composition questions, but expectations can be modified up or down relative to student age and background.
Take a look at the table of contents and check out the 3-page preview for specifics of what is included!
1. What is the difference between a right and a privilege?
2. Does guaranteeing rights to people guarantee their success in life?
3. What are some things that are NOT rights? Name some things we do NOT
have the right to do? Explain your reasoning.
4. Do your rights “trump” someone else’s rights? How can they coexist? Explain.
5. What can happen to a society that does not honor freedom or the rights of its
6. Do rights come with responsibility? Explain.
7. What would happen if there was no freedom speech or press?
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