Founding Document Lesson Plan

This lesson builds student understanding of the relationships between the United States’ founding documents by comparing and contrasting the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Using a close reading guide, students will explore the key concepts in Jeffrey Rosen and David Rubenstein’s “Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights,” accessible on the Interactive Constitution at constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution. For classes visiting the National Constitution Center this lesson serves as an anticipatory activity to enhance student appreciation of the museum’s exhibit: Constituting Liberty. In the exhibit, students will see rare copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. This
lesson will prepare students with content knowledge to familiarize them with the exhibit’s content. Your students can more fully explore the U.S. Constitution’s history and what it means today with the new Interactive Constitution, where scholars of different perspectives discuss what they agree upon, and what they disagree about. These experts were selected with the guidance of leaders of two prominent constitutional law organizations—The American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society. This project is sponsored by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

 

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