Ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights

Teacher: Martha Madsen, George Dello Russo & Janet Mulligan

Editor: Caroline Raymond

General Description

Objective:
Students will be able to demonstrate and communicate the meanings of the ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights by translating them and distributing them on handouts to the class.

Following a review of the ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights, students will write a paragraph for each Amendment and explain how it affects their life, using a topic sentence, three supporting details and a concluding sentence.

Assessments:

  • Students will write a paragraph for each Amendment and explain how it affects their life, using a topic sentence, three supporting details and a concluding sentence.
  • Students will demonstrate their understanding of the Amendments by paraphrasing them and sharing them with the class.
  • Students will create a set of ten cards that summarize the Amendments and a drawing or visual.


Materials:

  • Ten index cards per student
  • Copies of the ten Amendments
  • Pen/ Pencil
  • Paper


Differentiation:
For students who struggle with hand writing assignments, they will be given the opportunity to type their work. Also, students will have the option to define amendments with a visual or drawing. Teachers can modify numbers of amendments discussed, depending on students.

Some students will work better independently, others will learn better in small groups.

Advanced students could write a longer paper to include more amendments, they could create a diorama or poster to demonstrate the importance of one or more amendments. They could also compare out rights with rights in another country or do a social action project reaching out into the community intervening at the local, state, or federal levels.

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