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358 resources with the concept the bill of rights

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Analyzing a Petition about Slavery

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Practice analyzing primary sources in a thought-provoking lesson on the impact of slavery. Young historians read a petition regarding the Fugitive Slave Law and answer a series of questions to understand the importance of the document....
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The Creation of the Bill of Rights: “Retouching the Canvas”

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
While the Constitutional Convention lay the foundation of the new government for the United States, the protections given under the Bill of Rights were controversial. Using documents, such as James Madison's and Thomas Jefferson's...
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Free to Believe!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
The United States: One nation with countless religions. An interesting lesson focuses on the freedom of religion protected under the First Amendment. Academics learn why it is important to protect all religions, why there is a separation...
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Parallels Between Mass Incarceration and Jim Crow

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Is history repeating itself? A riveting lesson examines the parallels between mass incarceration in the U.S. and the Jim Crow Laws of the past. Academics review Jim Crow Laws and compare them to mass incarcerations of African Americans....
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Understanding the Prison Label

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Break the chain. An engaging instructional activity examines why it is so hard to break free of the prison system in the US. Academics participate in a reader's theater, read primary sources, and discuss their thoughts. The instructional...
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Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore the impact of the war on drugs in a thought-provoking lesson for high school academics. Young historians delve into the world of the criminal justice system and the racial disparity that occurs in the US. The resource provides...
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Should It Be Illegal for Facebook to Sell Your Data? | America From Scratch

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
"Surveillance Capitalism" refers to practice companies like Facebook and Google use to collect and sell users' information. A short video from PBS reveals how that business model works and then asks viewers to consider whether that...
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First Amendment Speech and Press Part II

For Students 7th - 12th
It's hard to overstate the importance of protecting speech and freedom of the press. Scholars learn how free speech is an important part of an individual's natural rights and a way to form opinions. The video also discusses ways the...
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First Amendment Speech and Press Part I

For Students 7th - 12th
The First Amendment does not always protect free speech. An informative video focuses on how the government has interpreted free speech over the years and efforts like the Sedition Act to limit free speech. Academics learn how our...
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First Amendment Overview Part II

For Students 7th - 12th
The First Amendment Overview video delves into examples of citizen's rights. Young academics learn how First Amendment rights have been protected in real-life examples. The video also explains that the rights laid out in the Amendment...
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First Amendment Overview Part I

For Students 7th - 12th
The Declaration of Independence details the natural rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The video explains these rights, including freedom of speech and non-violent protest. Scholars learn why specific rights were guaranteed and...
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A Day for the Constitution

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" law requires schools receiving any federal funding to provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. The lesson plans, materials, videos, questions, and activities...
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Civic Engagement and How Students Can Get Involved

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
There is no age limit on civic engagement. Even if your pupils are not old enough to vote, they are old enough to get involved. Show them how with a PBS instructional activity that underscores the importance of civic participation and...
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A Body of Information

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Academics work in groups to create fictional characters to showcase how democracy impacts their lives. The goal of the lesson plan is for learners to understand how personal freedoms are important to everyday life and how government...
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The U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights

For Teachers 4th Standards
Using discussion questions and a poster-creating activity, learners explore how the framework of the Constitution and its Bill of Rights help create safe communities. After listening to a song about the preamble and reading the Bill of...
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Our Government Today…What A System!

For Teachers 5th Standards
A group of citizens in North Canada has decided to leave their country, and they are asking for help in setting up an American-style democracy. Using a carefully structured activity, pupils lay out the principles in the American...
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Freedom Connection

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
An interesting resource uses the Bill of Rights to help pupils understand how it applies to their lives. Academics work in groups to create real-life scenarios that apply to each of amendments and write a short paragraph on how their...
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Protecting our Freedoms: The Bill of Rights

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Take to the stage! Integrate both drama and civic skills by asking pupils to create and perform skills that demonstrate the importance of the amendments in the Bill of Rights. After reviewing the Preamble to the Constitution, learners...
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The Constitution: What It Says and What It Means

For Teachers 5th Standards
Learners get the chance to act as representatives to the Constitution Convention, and must decide whether or not to recommend your state ratify the new framework. After examining the Constitution line-by-line, they consider their...
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The Power of the Press: The First Amendment

For Teachers 5th Standards
Was what happened in 1886 at the Haymarket riot a crime or a case of xenophobia? Using political cartoons from the time, young historians consider the role the media played in anti-labor sentiment during the time and how that influenced...
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Bill of Rights: Do I Have a Right?

For Teachers 8th Standards
Aliens have taken over the United States! Citizens can only keep two rights laid out in the first 10 amendments of the Constitution and must figure out which ones are best. Young scholars research the importance of each amendment and key...
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The "Right" Way

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Scholars explore the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and apply them to real-life scenarios. Class members also participate in group discussion to reinforce their understanding of the importance of protecting personal freedoms. 
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Fayette v. Take Two: The First Amendment

For Teachers 8th Standards
An informative activity provides scholars the opportunity to study a Supreme Court case regarding the First Amendment and make a ruling with the members of their group. Class members also participate in group discussion and prepare a...
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Bill of Rights

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Learning to compromise is no easy task. To gain a deeper understanding of how difficult it was to agree on the first 10 amendments of the United States Constitution, groups draft a list of rights for their class. Together, peers must...