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 The Bill of Rights - 1st Amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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Citizens in a democracy have the right and responsibility to make informed decisions. You will make an informed decision on a public issue after researching and discussing different perspectives on this issue.

Directions to Students:

In a cohesive paper or presentation, you will:
•    Identify a problem and a policy or law that attempts to solve it.
•    Explain one way the policy or law attempts to solve the problem and explain one way the policy or law is enforced.
•    Identify individuals and/or groups who participated in the policy or law-making process.
•    Explain three or more ways in which individuals and/or groups participated in the law-making process.
•    Provide reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with the law or policy by explaining how the law or policy does or does not promote two rights or democratic ideals with one supporting detail for each.
•    List three sources including the title, author, type of source, and date of each source.

    Possible Essential Questions: Choose One

    • Why did early American founders argue that individuals needed a Bill of Rights to protect them from government?
    • Why is freedom of speech so thrilling and so controversial?
    • What is religious intolerance, and when can it be fatal?
    • What does it really mean to take the Fifth?
    • And how does the Bill of Rights affect the rights of kids?


    Do you need additional information? Use these words and phrases to search Nettrekker, Proquest Magazine Index, E-Library, an online library catalog, print encyclopedias or the World Wide Web:

    • Constitution   
    • Bill of Rights   
    • Amendments
    • Government    
    • Rule vs. Law   
    • Rights
    • Freedoms   
    • Democratic ideals, Democracy  
    • Citizen, Citizenship
    • Samuel Adams
    • John Hancock
    • *Patrick Henry
    • John Adams
    • Sam Adams
    • *Thomas Jefferson
    • *James Madison
    • Alexander Hamilton
    • George Washington


     *Textbook includes a page or more of information on this person.

    Primary Sources:

    1. National Archives
      This site includes primary and secondary sources including images and documents. The above image comes from this site. Note: The address given is for images. Click here to go to the home page and search for additional documents including the Declaration of Independence.
    2. National Archives: The Charters of Freedom Scroll down to “A Voice of Dissent: George Mason” to learn about his influence on the addition of the amendments to the constitution.
    3. Our Documents Flash movies of primary source documents. Beautiful!


    Bill of Rights & Constitution 

    Freedom of the Press

    Freedom of Religion

    • Prayer in school, prayer before high school football games, and religion on the campaign trail -- what happened to the separation of church and state? Take the freedom of religion quiz and find out.

    Video Streaming:

    Investigate new findings from the night that helped bring America into the Revolutionary War. Watch Thomas Jefferson articulate the ideals of a new and free nation. Witness the struggles faced by the Constitution's framers and peruse the first 10 amendments, otherwise known as the Bill of Rights.
    Teacher's Guide  
    Grade: 6-12         © 2005 Discovery Channel School
    This video contains 14 segments
    This program explores the many peoples that make up America today and stresses the value of that diversity. What makes a person an American, when the country is so different in many ways? Americans hold in common certain values and beliefs, such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech.
    Blackline Masters   Teacher's Guide   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 3-5           © 2003 United Learning
    This video contains 5 segments
    Explore the history of democracy and the creation of American government. Students learn about the foundations of democracy and the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
    Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 5-8         © 2006 Discovery Channel School
    This video contains 5 segments
    "Are We to Be a Nation?" Peace brings new challenges: bankruptcy, squabbles between states, and no national army, common currency, or government strong enough to resolve problems. A 1787 attempt to revise the Articles of Confederation spawns a brand-new Constitution, including a Bill of Rights, with the idea that power flows up from the people, not down to them.

    Grade: 6-12         © 1997 PBS
    This video contains 19 segments
    This program examines some of the practices of government in the United States during the period 1789-1792 by focusing on the extenstion, restriction, and reorganization of American political democracy. The program also looks at technological change and how it affected American industrialization, divisions between North and South, and relations with foreign powers.
    Teacher's Guide   Blackline Masters   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 6-8           © 2003 United Learning
    This video contains 7 segments
    Harlan and Marie lead us step by step through the document that forms the basis of our governments. Students will learn about the ideals of American Constitutional government, the theory of the "We the People," and the concepts laid out by the Preamble. We'll also discuss how the Constitution empowers the government to fulfill its responsibilities, while at the same time limiting those powers.
    Blackline Masters   Teacher's Guide   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 5-8         © 1999 United Learning
    This video contains 10 segments
    Utilizing the spectacular backdrop of the events which surrounded the "We the People 200" celebration in Philadelphia 1987, this program simply, clearly and with dramatic flair, examines and explains the historical significance of the Constitution, its structure and function, and its present day meaning and importance.
    Blackline Masters   Teacher's Guide   Curriculum Standards  
    Grade: 6-8           © 1988 Rainbow Educational Media
    This video contains 11 segments
    This title from the Jean Fritz Collection of historic books for young people is illustrated by Tomie dePaola. Jean Fritz introduces elementary and middle school students to the delegates at the 1787 summer convention in Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, James Madison, and many others traveled there to draft a plan that would unify their states while preserving their sovereignty. Part of the Weston Woods Series.
    Teacher's Guide  
    Grade: 3-5         © 1987 Weston Woods
    This video contains 17 segments

    Dewey Numbers 

    If you want to browse the shelves in the library to locate information about the Constitution the Bill of Rights or U.S. Laws, look for these numbers:

    • 323.44 Rights
    • 342, 342.73 - Constitution, Bill of Rights, U.S. Law
    • 973 - U.S. History
    • B or 921 Biography 


      320.973 GRO

      Grodin, Elissa, 1954- - D is for democracy : a citizen's alphabet. Sleeping Bear Press , Thomson/Gale, c2004., RL 4.5, 40p
      Presents a children's A to Z alphabet book on democracy and explains the government's structure and concepts including immigration and taxation.
      RC: 6.5 4 Lexile: 1020, AD
      323.44 RON

      Rondeau, Amanda, 1974-. Freedom. Edina, Minn. : ABDO Pub. Co., c2003.
      Describes the many kinds of freedom we have in the United States, including the freedom to vote, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech.

      342.73 FRI
      Fritz, Jean. - Shh! we're writing the Constitution. Putnam, c1987., RL 4.7, 64p
      Describes how the Constitution came to be written and ratified. Also includes the full text of the document produced by the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
      RC: 4.7 3 Lexile: 950
      342.73 LEE

      Leebrick, Kristal, 1958-. The United States Constitution. Mankato, Minn. : Bridgestone Books, c2002.
      Discusses how and why the United States Constitution was created; includes the difficulties with ratification by the states; and explains the Bill of Rights.

      342.73 LEV

      Levy, Debbie. Civil liberties. San Diego, Calif. : Lucent Books, c2000.
      Discusses civil liberties guaranteed by the Constitution including freedom of speech and assembly, media freedoms, religious liberties, and right to privacy.

      342.73 MAE

      Maestro, Betsy. A more perfect union : the story of our Constitution. 1st Mulberry ed. New York : Mulberry, 1990, c1987.
      Describes how the Constitution was drafted and ratified.

      342.73 MIL

      Miller, Jake, 1969-. Community rules : making and changing rules and laws in communities. 1st ed. New York : PowerKids Press, 2005.
      Rules and laws -- Setting the rules -- Enforcing the laws -- Understanding laws -- Making decisions -- Solving problems -- Citizens' rights -- Responsibilities -- Changing the rules -- Rules and laws help communities. Text and color photos introduce the process of community lawmaking, explaining why rules are important and covering such topics as judges, town meetings, and citizens' rights and responsibilities.

      342.73 RAN

      Randolph, Joanne. What is the U.S. Constitution? 1st library ed. New York : Rosen Pub. Group, 2003.
      An introduction to the Constitution of the United States, explaining the three branches of the national government, the Bill of Rights, and the responsibilities of the leaders and the people who elect them.

      342.73 DIT

      Ditchfield, Christin. Freedom of speech. New York : Children's Press, c2004.
      What did you say? -- Speaking freely -- Speaking responsibly -- The trouble with censorship -- Finding a balance. Describes what freedom of speech is, how and why it is guaranteed in the United States, how it is expressed, what its limits are, what censorship is, and what some of the surrounding debates are.

      342.73 DIT

      Ditchfield, Christin. Knowing your civil rights. New York : Children's Press, c2004.
      Do you know your civil rights? -- The Bill of Rights -- The civil rights movement -- Equal rights for everyone -- Respecting our civil rights. Introduces children to the concept of civil rights, explaining what they are, how they are protected, and what can be done to uphold them.

      342.73 HOR

      Horn, Geoffrey M. The Bill of Rights and other amendments. Milwaukee, WI : World Almanac Library, 2004.
      Describes several major amendments to the Constitution, the amendment process, and the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

      342.7302 CAT

      Catrow, David. - We the kids : the preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Puffin Books, 2005, c2002., RL 3.3, 28p
      An illustrated preamble to the Constitution of the United States.
      973.3 ADA

      Adams, Colleen. Results of the American Revolution : summarizing information. 1st ed. New York : Rosen Central, 2006.
      Presents a short study of the causes and effects of the American Revolution, and discusses the various tariffs imposed upon the colonists, the Boston Massacre, Lexington and Concord, and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

      973.3 SWA

      Swain, Gwenyth, 1961-. Declaring freedom : a look at the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution. Minneapolis : Lerner, c2004.
      Explores the origin, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

      974 NEL

      Nelson, Sheila. The northern colonies : the quest for freedom 1600-1700. Philadelphia : Mason Crest, c2005.
      The Separatists -- The Plymouth Colony -- The Massachusetts Bay Colony -- Rhode Island -- Connecticut -- New Netherland -- New Sweden -- Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Presents the history of the northern colonies of colonial American between 1600 and 1700 and discusses the Separatists and Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts Bay Colony and the formation of the early colonies of New England.

      B MAD

      Venezia, Mike. James Madison : fourth president, 1809-1817. New York : Children's Press, 2004.
      Presents an introduction to the life of James Madison, a man whose poor health kept him from fighting in the Revolutionary War, but whose ideas formed the core of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and led to his election as the fourth president of the United States.

      B PEN

      Kroll, Steven. William Penn : founder of Pennsylvania. 1st ed. New York : Holiday House, c2000.
      A biography of William Penn, founder of the Quaker colony of Pennsylvania, who struggled throughout his life for the freedom to practice his religion.

      349.73 GOR
      Gorman, Jacqueline Laks, 1955- - Why do we have laws? {IL K-3} -- Weekly Reader, 2008.
      Provides an introduction to the U.S. Constitution, looks at the process by which laws are created, discusses who is allowed to make and enforce laws, and tells why laws are sometimes changed.


      FIC AVI

      Avi. Nothing but the truth. New York: Orchard Books, 1991
      A 9th grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

      FIC BAU

      Bauer, Marion Dane. Land of the buffalo bones : the diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, an English girl in Minnesota. 1st ed., special ed. New York : Scholastic, 2003.
      Fourteen-year-old Polly Rodgers keeps a diary of her 1873 journey from England to Minnesota as part of a colony of eighty people seeking religious freedom, and of their first year struggling to make a life there, led by her father, a Baptist minister.

      FIC STE

      Stephens, Amanda. Freedom at any price : March, 1775-April 19, 1775. New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2003.
      After hearing Patrick Henry's speech and riding with Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride, the Liberty's Kids set off for Lexington, Massachusetts, where they witness the "shot heard round the world" and the start of the American Revolution.


      Graphic Organizer


      1.1.2. Evaluates the effectiveness of a law or policy by explaining how it promotes ideals.

      1.2.2. Understands how and why state and tribal governments make, interpret, and carry out rules and laws. 

      5.4.2. Prepares a list of resources including the title, author, type of source, date published, and publisher for each source. 

      Page prepared by Trish Henry, Prairie View Elementary


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