The Bill of Rights and You
1 Hook: Introduction to the Bill of Rights
2 Direct Instruction: Getting to Know the Bill of Rights
This portion of the lesson will be direct instruction. The teacher will explain each amendment from the Bill of Rights.
*I typically do this with a PowerPoint presentation. I include relivant political cartoons to accompany each amendment. This becomes a lesson where conversations take place between myself and the students as many questions are asked and answered.
3 Guided Practice: Do I have a right?
Students will apply their knowledge of the Bill of Rights to complete this iCivics activity. (https://www.icivics.org/games/do-i-have-right)
Students will act as lawyers who will need to advise their potential clients as to the Constitutionality of their actions.
This is an activity where students will use computers to access this online game. They will report their scores to the teacher at the conclusion of the activity.
4 Independent Practice: Multiple Choice
5 Wrap Up: Your Opinion
Students will use the knowledge and insights gained from this lesson to complete the following writing assignment:
Which amendment from the Bill of Rights is the most vital to protecting our American way of life?