Instructional Video

On This Day: The Ratification of The Bill of Rights

The cherished rights included in the first ten amendments to the Constitution almost didn't happen! Pupils tour via video a National Archives exhibit on the Bill of Rights, as well as listen to how a modern judge applies them. Once finished, they consider why the Framers added the amendments to the US Constitution. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use links to attached lesson plans on the debate over the Bill of Rights 
  • Offer video clips to stimulate discussion on whether the Bill of Rights is needed
Classroom Considerations
  • While resource requires a free C-SPAN Classroom account, teachers also can use the credentials Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • Links include additional resources
  • Clips allow pupils to consider multiple perspectives on the Bill of Rights
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