Voices Of History by the Bill of Rights Institute

Heroes and Villains

Founders and the Constitution

Being an American (ELL)

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.
Handout A: The United States Bill of Rights
Handout B: What Rights Are Protected by the Bill of Rights? (Versions 1 and 2)
Handout C: You Be the Judge! (Versions 1 and 2)
Handout D: Outcome Discussion Cards (Versions 1 and 2)
Handout E: The Bill of Rights Today
Handout F: Mock Supreme Court Procedures
Handout G: The Bill of Rights Song
Handout H: Glossary Founding Principles ELL Worksheets Answer Key
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