CH 6. The Bill of Rights
The Federalists’ promise to add a bill of rights to the Constitution was fulfilled in 1791 when Congress approved and the states ratified the first ten amendments.
These amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, spell out individual freedoms, protections against government abuse of power, and the rights of citizens accused of crimes.
Since their ratification, the amendments’ broad descriptions of rights have often required interpretation by the courts.
6.1 Adding the Bill of Rights
6.2 Protections in the Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights Rap
Send a minimum of 2 people from your team to challenge another team for a rap showdown.
You may use the lyrics provided, or invent your own.
You have 5 minutes to practice.
6.3 Interpreting the Bill of Rights
Why is it often difficult to interpret the meaning of citizens’ rights?
In groups of 3-4
Prepare a skit in which one or more of the rights listed in the Bill of Rights is being violated.
Following the skit, the class is going to identify the right or rights being violated. [1 pt for correct guess]
Discuss what actions should have been taken to avoid violating those rights.
Freedom and Values
You will be watching a cartoon:
“It's Everybody's Business”
Afterwards, answer the question:
America, a capitalist society, values rights and freedom. How does freedom (Bill of Rights) support/promote capitalism?
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