Through primary source analysis, writing assignments, discussion prompts, and other activities, students will “connect the dots” by focusing on the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, civic values, American heroes, and exploring the meaning of citizenship to them.



 

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The Declaration of Independence

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In this lesson students will explore the structure, purpose and significance of the Declaration of Independence. Students will analyze the concepts of inalienable rights and government by consent and begin to understand the philosophical foundations of America's constitutional government were starting a war with the greatest military power of the time, when they did not have a mighty fighting force themselves. And they were fighting for a type of government that most people thought was impossible. Prof. Sarah Burns explains the importance of asking WHY they did what they did, as she will go on to explain in the following videos. Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
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The United States Constitution

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In this lesson students will study the Constitution from three perspectives, its structure, content and underlying principles. They will study the separate articles: their purpose, content underlying ideas, as well as analyze the constitutional principles they contain.
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The Bill of Rights

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

For the Bill of Rights to remain more than what Madison referred to as a "parchment barrier," citizens must understand the purpose, content and meaning of this important American document. In this lesson, students will identify and analyze the protections in the Bill of Rights, as well as evaluate Supreme Court decisions in cases centered on Bill of Rights protections.
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America's Civic Values

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

This lesson offers students the opportunity to reflect on what virtues the Founders considered fundamental to a free society. After reflecting on the meaning of these values, students will analyze situations where civic values can be exercised as well as identify modern day examples of those values in practice.
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American Heroes: Past and Present

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

Students will examine how a diverse group of Americans have exemplified the responsibilities of citizenship. Students will consider how these historic figures defended the principles of the constitution and Bill of Rights through their choices and actions.
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A Personal Response to American Citizenship

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

This lesson Challenges Students to reflect on the meaning of American citizenship and understand its many forms - Including private action as well as public service. Students will explore avenues for individual responsibility and civic engagement before articulating their personal responses to the challenges of citizenship.
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