The Bill of Rights

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How does the Bill of Rights, created over 200 years ago, still apply to the lives of American citizens to this day? Here is a fantastic resource that includes several resources on approaching the Bill of Rights with your class. After reviewing the document, class members will break into groups and act out scenarios involving the primary concepts related to each of the first ten amendments.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the Socratic Seminar handout for discussion questions related to the Bill of Rights, and have learners reflect on their experiences in the discussion through writing
  • If you cannot use every activity in the resource, several would work perfectly well as stand-alone primary activities (guided notes, jigsaw reading of scenarios, handout on hypothetical situations used for discussion prompts, etc.)
Pros

  • Role-play handouts are well designed and each include follow-up discussion questions
  • Detailed instructional points on how to explain Supreme Court cases, including Tinker v. Des Moines and Texas v. Johnson 
Cons

  • None