Preserving the Bill of Rights

Consider how America's founding fathers and their experiences contributed to the rights we all enjoy today. A collection of reading, writing, and collaborative exercises prompt high schoolers to think about the ways their current lives were shaped by British rule in the 18th century, and how these freedoms can be interpreted differently in various situations.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Project the quotes onto the board or copy them onto poster-sized pages during a gallery walk
  • Include in a unit on the Bill of Rights or when discussing current freedoms
  • Use extension options as extra credit or differentiation for more advanced learners
  • Encourage class members to write journal entries based on their own perceptions of each freedom in their lives
Classroom Considerations

  • A few areas have obscured text, but it doesn't affect the lesson section of the resource
  • Selected scenarios address controversial topics; be sure that classes understand how to correspond respectfully in these cases
  • Packet is quite long (338 pages) but is organized by amendment and includes all necessary materials
Pros

  • Each lesson includes worksheets, reading passages, and recommended activities
  • Ample amount of information to augment or focus US history curriculum
Cons

  • None