Instructional Video

On This Day: The Ratification of The Bill of Rights

Curated and Reviewed by Lesson Planet

The cherished rights included in the first ten amendments to the Constitution almost didn't happen! Pupils tour via video a National Archives exhibit on the Bill of Rights, as well as listen to how a modern judge applies them. Once finished, they consider why the Framers added the amendments to the US Constitution. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use links to attached lesson plans on the debate over the Bill of Rights 
  • Offer video clips to stimulate discussion on whether the Bill of Rights is needed
Classroom Considerations
  • While resource requires a free C-SPAN Classroom account, teachers also can use the credentials Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • Links include additional resources
  • Clips allow pupils to consider multiple perspectives on the Bill of Rights
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