Given a list of situations, which amendment of the Bill of Rights applies?
Bill of Rights, amendments, freedom, civics, government
At the start of the lesson, give students a minute to write down three of the freedoms that are most important to them as citizens of the United States. Ask for volunteers to share their responses.
At this point in the lesson, present to students a mini-lesson in which you present the background history and highlights of the Bill of Rights. Check for understanding as you teach the main concepts.
Instead of presenting this lesson as a lecture or a read-and-discuss lesson, you might set it up as a small-group activity. Arrange students into groups and assign each member a role, such as researcher, recorder, facilitator, or speaker. Have each group thoroughly research one amendment of the Bill or Rights and then present the information to the entire class. Have each group compose three summary questions to ask other students at conclusion of its presentation. (The final test about the Bill or Rights will be composed mostly of the students' questions.)
Provide each student with a copy of the work sheet below, and review the directions with students. Arrange students into groups of three, and then have students work in their groups to complete the work sheet. Each group should come to a consensus and agree on the work sheet responses.
Bill of Rights Work Sheet Text
Directions: Read each scenario below. Explain in a couple of sentences whether you agree or disagree with each statement. Write the Bill or Rights amendment that relates to each scenario along with a brief statement that explains what you learned about that amendment. You may use your textbook and class notes.
Provide time for students to share, compare, and contrast their replies to those scenarios.
Present the Homework Assignment
Explain to students the directions for the evening's homework: Exercise your freedom of petition. Write a letter to your Congressman or Congresswoman. Write about something you would like to see done or changed. The letter should be 1 to 2 pages, double-spaced and typed.
Provide students an opportunity to begin the assignment in class so you can answer any questions they have as they get started.
AssessmentStudents will be able to
Students will reflect on opinions expressed by group members and come to an agreed upon answer to each scenario on the work sheet. Throughout the classroom discussions, students will demonstrate that they value the opinions of other students.
Adam Burkett, a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.