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The Bill of Rights

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The Bill of Rights Unit

The first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution



Journal and skyward chart

Unit completion chart bill of rights.docx All assignments from unit on skyward. 


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?




C.12.1 Identify the sources, evaluate the justification, and analyze the implications of certain rights and responsibilities of citizens
C.12.3 Trace how legal interpretations of liberty, equality, justice, and power, as identified in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and other Constitutional Amendments, have changed and evolved over time
C.12.5. Analyze different theories of how governmental powers might be used to help promote or hinder liberty, equality and justice, and develop a reasoned conclusion.


Introduction Activity 

Why the breakup?


The declaration!

Do the reading and questions on the Declaration of Independence



Grace "You don't own me"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdxLohjwhoQ  3:23 "You'll be Back" Hamilton  


Introduction reading and organizer

We oppose the Tyranny!!

Read the link and answer the questions in the google doc. See how this Tyranny is a part of our Government philosophy!!!!







Think Like a Historian 


pretest on bill of rights.docx

Post test

Bill of Rights test.docx





 https://www.studystack.com/flashcard-685741 Study stack of all the parts of the Bill of Rights


What are the Bill of Rights? Where do they come from?

Essential unit question: What are the Bill Of Rights and where do those rights come from?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYEfLm5dLMQ 3:30 TED talk introducing Bill Of Rights


As we transition from talking about our rights and responsibilities as 21st citizens, it is important to know where our individual rights came from. We will return to the body of the Constitution during the remainder of the semester.


1. Video: Rights, Rights, Baby   

 What are the bill of Rights? Where do they come from?  4:40  

2. Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration of Independence song. 3:30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfRaWAtBVg To late to apologize



3.Think about this: Student heard this and said It represents the Bill Of Rights.

    Do you agree or disagree? Is it a break up song?



Activity 1 

What's Happening Here...in this art

Pictures with organizer




1. On the organizer write what the artist is trying to portray for each picture.   

2. Download File - Bill of Rights for kids If you need to use this for a resource on the pictures.

3. Discuss in groups the pictures and what Amendment you think it describes.



 What do you know about your rights as a citizen of the US?  Music is a great motivator and informer. 

 Essential unit question: What are the Bill Of Rights?  Where do those rights come from?


  Sketch through the text                           


1. Listen to the song "Something Happening Here?"

2. Sketch with a pencil in words or pictures what you think is happening in the song.

  • Note: I will replay the song with lyrics. Update the picture. 

3.Confer with a partner to discuss the drawing.

  •     What do you think the band is trying to say?
  •     What kind of a change maker are they?
  • What rights are being applied



For What its Worth Lyrics
File Size: 11 kb
File Type: pdf
Download File written Lyrics




4.  Connect ideas from Buffalo Springfield "For What it's Worth" music video and "What's Happening Here in Art" to First 10 Amendments:  Bill of Rights (Above) 

5. Discuss in small groups 


Why did the framers add the Bill of Rights to the original document?

Essential unit question: What are the Bill Of Rights? Where do those rights come from?


 1.  Watch the video below: (key words) Write down what Key words come to you about the rights exercised in the video. Share what you saw...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2CRoVuBz3Q 9 Min. Disney Version of the Bill of Rights

 Why did the framers add to the Bill of Rights to the original constitutional document?

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u0DqBFqWoKh3t88-uHO4PcglyivggYq7mo9agtxSVlo/edit?usp=sharing   Do this organizer as a review of the Bill of Rights.

2.   Partner Activity

Using the video write a six word essay.

  • Think about the meaning of the Bill of Rights in exactly six words.

3. Partners share essay with the whole group on the Google Doc.


Graphic Novel-intro to Constitution-4 day read

Day 1-2 Constitution

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cGMmux8KkFzgf4JewdiZYUZH0IyQvriqSkVyX6Q0JTI/edit?usp=sharing  Doc on constitution organizer for pages 6-87

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCJ2of4kx5E 3:41 Constitution Rap


Day 3-4 Bill of Rights

Copy of graphic novel Constitution ( Bill of Rights only)

Bill of Rights.pdf  Constitution book 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ai-3Wzi72uV8t6tSbu8KBtuDTzw0tajFuNDltXT1zHQ/edit?usp=sharing Doc on all 10 Amendments of the Bill of Rights


Slide show of Constitution and Bill of Rights

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1monuMgcwiD2YeotYremQPmIuC5ouz1PD2-t2Z3APdCw/edit?usp=sharing class 1


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


4 Parts to the Bill of Rights

Bill of rights protects individuals in four ways

1. Protections of individuals freedoms Amendment 1.

2. Protections against abuse of power Amendment 2,3,4,5.

3. protections of the accused Amendments 4,5,6,7,8.

4. Protections of other Rights Amendments 9,10.


First Amendment-Overall 5 parts


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,

or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment Notes first amend.docx

Essential unit question: What are the Bill Of Rights? Where do those rights come from? 

  •  How important was the first Amendment to the framers?
  • How important is it to you?


1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgFdx_Ap0Cc  1:40  first amendment rap

Bill of Rights: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow too

1st Amendment: 



Activities on First  Amendment



Lets see what you know about the 1st Amendment

quiz bill of rights.docx



Second Amendment - Right to Bear Arms


A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment Notes second amend.docx organizer for notes

Essential unit question: What are the Bill Of Rights? Where do those rights come from? How do those rights affect what you say and do?


1.Explanation of Second Amendment 

Right to Bear Arms in Plain English  


2.Intro song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TC2xTCb_GU 4:25 "I like guns" Country song.

http://guns.periscopic.com/?year=2013 Stolen years and gun deaths chart from 2013.


3.Intro Video (3:22):  The Origins of the Second Amendment


4.Graphic Novel - Second Amendment  (Page 93)










Article #1: Gun Country



Organizer for Gun Country

gun country point of view chart 2 (3).docx


Article #2: Gun Law after Sandy Hook

http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/12/us/sandy-hook-timeline/index.html What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary?

http://wnpr.org/post/whats-been-impact-connecticuts-gun-laws-after-sandy-hook  Gun law reaction after Sandy Hook shooting.

Decision: Connecticut state government not cracking down on legal gun owners who are not registering their weapons after Sandy Hook shooting.


Article #3 Supreme court verdict on 2nd Amendment


Decision: Americans have a fundamental right to bear arms that cannot be violated by state and local governments.


second amendment discussion web supreme court ruling.docx Discussion web on Supreme Court ruling.


Article #4: Armed citizen scenarios.

 http://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/armed-citizen.aspx Read a couple of the Armed Citizen scenarios.

Decision: The use of deadly force by average Americans.

second amend deadly force organizer.docx Is deadly force justified?



Article #5: What are both sides of the debate on the right to bear arms?

Look at the quotes about the Second Amendment in the article and place in the correct side to support the gun debate.


Directions: Look at the 5 Articles above and place a few of the best arguments as a pro or con to the second amendment.

Share the pros and Cons with the class.


Quick write and Pro con chart



In Conclusion:

  •  How could this story have ended differently if our 2nd amendment rights did not exist?
  • What if it was replaced with legislation from the country of Iran? 

In accordance with the noble Qur'anic verse:
 ...the government is obliged to provide a programme of military training, with all requisite facilities, for all its citizens, in
accordance with the Islamic criteria, in such a way that all citizens will always be able to engage in the armed defence of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The possession of arms, however, requires the granting of permission by the competent authorities.


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


Third Amendment


No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war,

but in a manner to be prescribed by law


Amendment Notes third amend.docx organizer for notes


Read:  Graphic novel (page 96)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcSy5xyVrm8 3:17 Mr. Hughes explains 3rd Amendment


1. Why historically do we have this amendment?

2. Can we apply it today?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNCYITktChY 2:45 How are police today Violating the 3rd Amendment?



Is there a modern explanation of the necessity of the 3rd Amendment?

Give a couple reasons for the 3rd Amendment to be preserved and how it is still used today.


Are there any modern day uses for the Third Amendment? Do the Following activity and see.....

Third Amendment article organizer.docx




Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


Fourth Amendment


The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,

shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly

describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.




1. Graphic Novel 

Read the graphic novel page 97- 101 and do the below organizer as you go through it. 

Fourth Amendment Note Taking Organizer



 2. Mr. Hughes explains the 4th Amendment




3. Video: People sign a petition to repeal the 4th Amendment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrCbHYggdfY 5:40


4. Can they do that? How is this constitutional to search?

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17zIHv4eVlLjD9CBbODtvgvcPymVn728pkNoOUEAGBzQ/edit?usp=sharing 4th amendment organizer 4 cases



Interpreting the Fourth Amendment:


     Article # 1 Concealed carry permit holder charged with wearing gun to school?  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)          

               Is this a legal search?


     Article # 2:  Two open-carry backers lead to Germantown police response (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

               Can he be arrested?  Can they take his guns?


     Article #3:  Kyllo vs. United States.  Thermo Imaging finds Marijuana Grow Lab in house.

               Did police have enough probable cause to secure a warrant.  

               Is this a violation of the 4th Amendment? 


              Article Discussion Web - Fourth Amendment 


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?  

4 Parts to the Bill of Rights

Bill of rights protects individuals in four ways

1. Protections of individuals freedoms Amendment 1.

2. Protections against abuse of power Amendment 2,3,4,5.

3. protections of the accused Amendments 4,5,6,7,8.

4. Protections of other Rights Amendments 9,10. 




Fifth Amendment 


No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury,

except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any

person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a

witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for

public use, without just compensation

5 parts to 5th Amendment

1. Grand Jury

2. Double Jeopardy

3. Bear witness against yourself

4. Due Process

5. Private property taken



Fifth Amendment Note Taking Organizer



1. Read the 5th amendment in the graphic novel.  Pages 102-106


2Mr. Hughes on 5th Amendment Criminal Proceedings; Due Process; Eminent Domain


3. Miranda Rights from a kid cop.


Activity Read the articles below and analyze how you feel about the fifth Amendment in the 4A chart 

Article # 1 Donald Trump on due process for immigrants

due process Donald Trump Free Rein To Indefinitely Detain Immigrants.pdf


 Article # 2 Miranda rights for 12 year olds

Miranda rights and minors a blind spot in US law.pdf

Should a child older than 10 charged with an adult crime be charged if not informed of their Miranda rights?


Article # 3 President on Eminent Domain


Analyze 5th amendment

fifth amend four A chart.doc



8. Conclusion:


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GLZVeBSbQqoCIUZEvGv_D4vrq6oYnzHXQnaz8_8xVI8/edit?usp=sharing Amendments 2-5  


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vXaxQ6Xp94dWYilZh0tTNO5CdK2cCrwazpXHCHC6DeI/edit?usp=sharing Amendments 6-8 


Sixth Amendment 


In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.


Sixth Amendment Note Taking Organizer do this organizer as

- 1. you listen to Mr. Hughes,

- 2. read the graphic novel

- 3. read about public defenders


1. Intro video on 6th Amendment


2. Read the  graphic novel on the 6th Amendment Pages 107-109


3. What is too poor for a public defender? Read the article below

4. Discuss the 6th Amendment organizer and what you learned. 



Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


Seventh Amendment 


In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved,

and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


Seventh Amendment Note Taking Organizer do this organizer as you

-1. read through the graphic novel


1. Look through graphic novel at 7th amendment,  Pages 110-112

6th Amendment is Criminal trials- 7th Amendment is Civil trials


Play and discuss these videos as they pertain to the 7th Amendment.

Is the 7th Amendment used as it was intended to protect the individual or abused by money hungry opportunists?

Frivolous lawsuit- not having any serious purpose or value.

 2. Civil Trials - are these what the 7th Amendment was meant to protect

Disabled lawsuit in California 

Teen hits self in head with his own golf ball. 2 million dollars

McDonalds coffee law suit for frivolous examples.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_xky3EShp3L6aKCqNQ0LOOy8zOTrv0trbqN3lqOdvOw/edit?usp=sharing DOC Organizer on 7th amendment frivolous lawsuits>


3. Compare the sixth amendment to original text of the 7th amendment and if its intention of that amendment? abuse?


Quick write: Write a statement of the comparison between importance of 6th and 7th Amendment., give evidence/reflection, write a conclusion, share some with the  class

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qi1QAptjXLGyMg5tsqKl1HbVHCCMWDVwcbwb8xY8lXg/edit?usp=sharing Put quick write on this slide show.


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


Eighth Amendment


     Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


Eighth Amendment Note Taking Organizer


1. Introduction: Graphic Novel - 8th Amendment, Page 112-114

2. What are the different parts of the 8th Amendment that are protected? Let's see if the 8th Amendment protects us from cruel and unusual punishment?

Is this too cruel: Execution of teenagers?   

Thoughts? Discuss 

3. Read the paragraph with a partner and share your thoughts of the 8th amendment. Is this too cruel?

Are these too Cruel?

4.Which punishment is cruel and Unusual?  Death penalty information center. methods of execution by state.


Execution methods by state.  

Year by year chart 


5. Does the 8th Amendment protect us from cruel and unusual punishment?

Is it cruel and unusual to execute someone who is mentally ill?


6. 8th Amendment views 

What is Justice Antonin's viewpoint on the interpretation of the VIII Amendment and if it protect Americans as it was suppose to?


7. What states have what method for death penalties?  Are these cruel and unusual?


8.Death penalties around the world 

9. Articles: Is it cruel and unusual to execute the obese?


10. What is cruel and unusual?  You decide.

Quick statement: Make a statement of what is cruel and unusual and whether you agree or disagree with the death penalty.

Support it with a few facts from the readings, activities, discussions from articles 1-9.

give a conclusion of the death penalty

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w0YXzPKHkXbmbNDaADb49Sg55w6emFHepTNkpotc8_Q/edit?usp=sharing  Place your statement here


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lnMeZSkuJWAvrAFDj61ZJx4dlULsW_otb-kXZ9lqkaA/edit?usp=sharing Amendments 9-10 


Ninth Amendment 

Alexander Hamilton "If we write down our liberty, we are giving up our liberty"

Feds vs Anti-Feds so it is a ratification fight to not write down all rights, there are many rights not written down.

14th amendment equal protection used with it.

ink blot- can be whatever you want.


The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.


What does the ninth amendment mean we are born with liberty

Ninth Amendment Note Taking Organizer


1. Read the graphic novel on the 9th Amendment pages 114-116








2. Mr. Hughes introduces 9th Amendment 


3. Article # 1 Birth control and right to privacy.


4. https://docs.google.com/document/d/15df7BaByl1AuutNP4y9j0MMezA2Bje4xTLRtyB8IU7M/edit?usp=sharing Use this DOC on what you learned from the 9th Amendment.


Essential unit question:

  • What are the Bill Of Rights?

  • Where do those rights come from? 

  • How do those rights affect what you say and do?


 Tenth Amendment

What are powers reserved to the states? Education, marriage, drivers license, taxes, small business, etc.


Libertarians love the 10th Amendment and here is why.  Libertarians strongly oppose any government (Federal)interference into their personal, family, and business decisions. Essentially, they believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.

10th Amendment empowers the people and the states.


The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the

States respectively, or to the people.


Tenth Amendment Note Taking Organizer


 Powers reserved to the States

1. Read the 10th amendment in the graphic novel p. 117-118 

  •  Discuss what it means




2. Mr. Hughes introduces 10th Amendment 




 3. Article # 1 Same sex marriage


 4. Article # 2 Legalize recreational marijuana What are those restrictions in this experiment?


 5.   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1azUdIRnO7H6HID4pHVdDmH1VBif2jFXXfRCVXt-NQ0U/edit?usp=sharing  Use this organizer to discuss Federalism and some 10th Amendment issues.



Scenario's for conclusion

 You Be the Judge Activity What amendment is being discussed?

Bill of rights STUDENT HANDOUT B.docx amendments


http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-1458714 Use this for studying

http://www.studystack.com/flashcard-1386607 Use this to challenge yourself.


Amendment Quiz 

http://www.phschool.com/curriculum_support/interactive_constitution/quiz/index.htm - do only the bill of Rights quiz.


Do you know..........?

What are the Bill Of Rights?

 Where do those rights come from? 

 How do those rights affect what you say and do?


https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UlUny1fgkUnPicCrglv-1LlEtdPE9sTalJoqIoAPooI/edit?usp=sharing Bill of rights Final assessment


  Bill of Rights Final Assessment                                  Bill of Rights Alt Assessment

Amendment review if you need it




Bill of rights assessment Objective questions DOC121216.pdf 35 questions






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