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Historic Documents: Bill of Rights

These sites are about the Bill of Rights, which are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. View the actual document and read each amendment. Includes ideas for classroom activities about the amendments and what they mean to Americans. A link to an eThemes Resource on the U.S. Constitution is included.


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This lesson prepares students to be able to play the game, "Do I Have a Right?" on the iCivics website. Students learn about the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and other important constitutional amendments.
Use the games and webquests from iCivics to engage students in applying their knowledge about the Bill of Rights.
In this exercise, students will explore the protections and limitations on authority contained in the Bill of Rights. Students will consider how the Bill of Rights could be updated for the 21st century.
This activity provides students an opportunity to understand a variety of students' rights issues.
Students will be able to describe the important protections afforded citizens by the Bill of Rights. Additionally students will be able to apply these protections to real life situations.
This page has several lesson plans for elementary school children. One of the lessons has ideas for addressing the issue of rights and responsibilities in upper elementary grades.
This site has some background information on the Bill of Rights. Click on the links to see the preamble, the Bill of Rights, and amendments 11-27 that have been added to the Constitution. This site has a photograph of the actual document.
This class activity has students learn about the First Amendment on the freedom of speech by applying it to school issues. Several links about the Bill of Rights are included.
Ben's Guide to Government briefly explains some of the rights that are protected in the Bill of Rights.
Learn the Bill of Rights with this fun rap song. NOTE: This site includes a message board.
In this activity, students will draft a bill of rights for a space colony.
Learn more about the man whose criticism of the Constitution led to the Bill of Rights.
These sites cover the history of the Constitution of the United States. Includes information about the Constitution's signers and the Articles of Confederation, what some consider the original constitution. Classroom activity ideas are included.

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