Lesson Plan

The Bill of Rights and You

Apply the Bill of Rights to Everyday Life
Dawn C.
Classroom teacher
Beacon High School
Beacon, United States
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies

Students will be able to...

  • Identify the key concepts of the Bill of Rights
  • Apply the Bill of Rights to everyday life situations
  • Judge which amendment from the Bill of Rights is the most vital to our American way of life
Social Studies
Grades 7 – 12
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1 Hook: Introduction to the Bill of Rights

Students will watch the TedEd video "A 3-minute guide to the Bill of Rights" with Belinda Stutzman (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYEfLm5dLMQ).  

The teacher will ask the students how the Bill of Rights is relevant to them today.

2 Direct Instruction: Getting to Know the Bill of Rights

Activity: Presenting

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

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*This can be done as either a class activity using Socrative or an independent activity using Zondle.

Students will answer multiple choice questions relating to the Bill of Rights.

*I would use questions from previous New York State Regents examinations.

5 Wrap Up: Your Opinion

Activity: Assessing

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?