The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
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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!

  • Introducing the Bill of Right with Yertle the Turtle
  • The Story of Yertle the Turtle
  • Lyrics to the Song Yertle the Turtle by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Yertle the Turtle Discussion Questions
  • Connecting to Our World: Discussion Questions
  • A Bill of Rights for the Turtles of Sala-ma-Sond Pond Activity
  • Bill of Rights for Sala-ma-Sond Pond Form
  • Analyzing Our Bill of Rights for Sala-ma-Sond Pond Activity
  • Checklist/Rating Scale for Bill of Rights
  • Quarter-Page Rating Scale for Bill of Right for Students to Use
  • The Bill of Rights Information Sheet
  • Half-Sheets of Bill of Rights Information Sheet for Students’ Notebooks
  • The Bill of Rights (2 pages)
  • The Bill of Rights – Abbreviated
  • Half Sheets of The Bill of Rights & Abbreviated Version for Student Notebooks
  • Studying the Bill of Rights Questions (2 pages)
  • Studying the Bill of Rights Questions Answer Key
  • Writing, Proposing, and Ratifying a Class Bill of Rights Activity
  • Proposal Forms for Inclusion in Class Bill of Rights
  • Bill of Rights Booklet Research Activity
  • Amendment Forms for Booklet (10 pages)
  • I have the right to ___, but not to ___ Thinking/Writing Activity
  • Thinking and Writing Philosophically: Writing Compositions that Address 7 Different Questions:

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
citizens?

6. Do rights come with responsibility? Explain.

7. What would happen if there was no freedom speech or press?

  • Bill of Rights Quiz with Answer Key

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