It’s one thing to simply memorize the Bill of Rights; it’s quite another to actually understand how these Amendments apply in everyday life. Teaching the former gives students words but no understanding for what they mean; teaching the latter gives students practice in critical thinking as well as a deep appreciation for their basic rights as American citizens. It is, in effect, the ultimate lesson in civics.
This worksheet is designed to teach students the meaning and application of the Bill of Rights by having students apply those rights to different real-life hypothetical situations. In effect, it has students learn to think like constitutional lawyers. Students will work in small groups of 4-5 students each to complete a worksheet containing 22 “scenarios” they will analyze to determine how the Bill or Rights might apply to the situation described in each scenario.
These materials – all of which have been battle-tested in the crucible of my own 8th grade classroom - include:
* a 4 page worksheet with 22 hypothetical “scenarios”;
* a 5 page Teacher’s Guide which provides step-by-step instructions how to use the materials;
An Answer key is included in the Teacher’s Guide. All materials are provided as word documents and PDFs in one zip file.
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