The Origins of the U.S. Bill of Rights lesson will begin by having students describe what they already know about the origins of the Bill of Rights. Students will then examine two tables that summarize the 26 rights included in the Bill of Rights and what prior English, Colonial, and American documents included those rights. To allow students to meet the lesson learning objective, students will participate in a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC). The purpose of SAC is to present students with arguments from both sides of a debate so they may draw their own conclusions. The topic of debate for this lesson is: Are the origins of the U.S. Bill of Rights more inherited from the English and Colonies or created during the revolutionary period (1776 – 1787) by the States? The lesson will conclude by students responding to a document-based essay question aligned with the lesson learning objective.

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