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Social Studies - 5th Grade
Standard 3 Objective 2
3 class periods of 45 minutes each
Social & Civic Responsibility
Students will investigate one of the amendments to the Constitution to find out how it was important for the time, how it protects citizens and how it applies to our current needs.
The U.S. Constitution reflects our national beliefs about people, rights, and government.
How does the Bill of Rights relate to me today?
The United States Constitution was ratified in 1787. It came under heavy criticism by Anti-Federalists who were upset that certain guarantees of individual rights were not included. Others in the Constitutional Convention only approved of the Constitution on the understanding that a guarantee of such rights would be added. The Bill of Rights, written by James Madison were the first additions, or amendments made to the Constitution. They guarantee certain individual rights like freedom of speech, religion, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances, the right to a jury, the right to bear arms, and other rights. The Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791.
Students should know why the Constitution was created, what it said, and what freedom the Bill of Rights gave to the people. The students need to know that the Founding Fathers worried about the basic rights of the citizens. These rights were not included in the Constitution. The Signers ( James Madison) created the Bill of Rights. These ten rights were added amendments to the Constitution.
Pre-assessment: Have students number a paper from one to ten. Have them list the ten amendments to the US Constitution.
Post-assessment: The poster serves as the final assessment.