Lesson Plan

Battle for the Bill of Rights: Ultimate Survivor Amendment Game

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To understand the importance of the wording of the articles of the First Amendment (freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the press, and freedom to assembly and petition), teams argue before a jury for draft amendments of one assigned article. The jury then votes for the one amendment from each group they feel best expresses that freedom.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have group four, the jury, dress the part of supreme court justices
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires group copies of the draft amendments
  • The activity encourages close reading and analysis of the wording of each of the draft amendments
  • None
Common Core