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Activity Overview


The most important document in U.S. history, besides the Declaration of Independence, was the Bill of Rights. After its ratification in 1787, the Bill of Rights secured many of the rights still central to American democracy. For this activity, have students research and visually depict the amendments contained in the Bill of Rights.


Bill of Rights Summary - The First Ten Amendments


1st Amendment This amendment guarantees United States citizens the freedom of speech, press, & religion.
2nd Amendment The right to bear arms means that citizens can own and carry weapons.
3rd Amendment The government cannot force citizens to quarter troops.
4th, 5th & 6th Amendments These amendments protect against unreasonable searches and seizures, secures the right to due process, and establishes rights of the accused at trial.
7 & 8th Amendments These outline rights in common law trials and the protect prisoners against cruel and unusual punishment.
9 & 10th Amendments Rights that are not listed in the Constitution are preserved here. This act limits the power of federal government by reserving to the states all powers that are not explicitly granted to the federal government by the Constitution.​


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Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

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