One of my favorite parts of History class in high school was when my teacher would do a ‘tidbit of the week’. Each week he would introduce one notable event from the unit we were covering, disguised as a trivia question. Perhaps it was about the completion of Mount Rushmore or “Hoovervilles” during the Great Depression. Whatever the notable event or information was, he made it intriguing with integration into the lesson.
With the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, Americans were guaranteed specific rights and liberties that would protect their individualism and freedom and limit the power of government. The first 10 amendments outlined a collection of safeguards to ensure justice and liberty for every American citizen. The activities in this guide will allow a range of students to display their knowledge of what the Bill of Rights is and how it impacts their daily lives.
Bill of Rights Summary | Teaching American History
I want to say something. You can't arrest me just because you disagree.
A well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free nation.
Sorry, but we just don't have the space!
1st Amendment: This guarantees United States citizens 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.
What if the Bill of Rights doesn't cover everything?
4th, 5th & 6th Amendments protect against unreasonable searches and seizures, secures the right to due process, and establishes rights of the accused at trial.
Yes... until proven guilty!
7th & 8th Amendments: This act outlines rights in common law trials and the protects prisoners against cruel and unusual punishment.
9th & 10th Amendments: Preserves rights that are not listed. 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.