The Bill of Rights


Civics Foundations of American Government The Bill of Rights
Students review the history and significance of the Bill of Rights. Then they identify and describe the rights and freedoms protected by these ten Constitutional Amendments. Finally, they read about a landmark Supreme Court decision and explain how it helped to define a particular right or freedom in the Bill of Rights.

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In this experience, students review the history and significance of the Bill of Rights. Then they identify and describe the rights and freedoms protected by these ten Constitutional Amendments. Finally, they read about a landmark Supreme Court decision and explain how it helped to define a particular right or freedom in the Bill of Rights.
 
Objectives
  • Describe how the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution.
  • Identify the rights that the Bill of Rights protects. 


As Americans, we have many rights and freedoms that are protected in the U.S. Constitution. These rights are spelled out in the Constitution’s Amendments. Some of the best known are included in the first ten Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights.
 
In this experience, you will review the history and significance of the Bill of Rights. Then you will identify and describe the rights and freedoms protected by these ten Constitutional amendments. Finally, you’ll read about a landmark Supreme Court decision and explain how it helped to define a particular right or freedom in the Bill of Rights.
 
Objectives
  • Describe how the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution.
  • Identify the rights that the Bill of Rights protects.




The Bill of Rights


How many rights or freedoms can you name from the Bill of Rights? Using single words or short phrases, write as many as you can. Separate them with a comma, like this: bake a cake, drive a car

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Answers will probably reflect some of the best-known rights and freedoms, such as freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, right to remain silent*, right to trial by jury.
 
* The “right to remain silent” is implied in the Fifth Amendment, protecting citizens from self-incrimination (among other protections). 


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