|This page was designed to be completely dependent on the student. It can also be used, of course, in conjunction with class lessons on the Bill of Rights. My intent is to get students to think about possible situations so that they can think for themselves about the necessity of individual rights rather than just thinking that all authority figures "suck."
There are many ways to teach this material. I chose to align these pages with my own teaching style, which includes a lot of discussion from the student's point of view. My own students often object that they were hassled by the police on the street at 3:00 am for no reason. So we spend a substantial amount of time on the Bill of Rights because the reality is that many of my students may never see a 12th grade government class.
Most of the graphics used on this site were found at sites offering free graphics without copyright restrictions. Those that need to be credited, are credited.
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I am not an attorney, so please do not take anything from these pages as legal advice.
HISTORY-SOCIAL SCIENCE STANDARDS
5.7 Students describe the people and events associated with the development of the U.S. Constitution and analyze the Constitution's significance as the foundation of the American republic.
2. Explain the significance of the new Constitution of 1787, including the struggles over its ratification and the reasons for the addition of the Bill of Rights.
3. Understand the fundamental principles of American constitutional democracy, including how the government derives its power from the people and the primacy of individual liberty.
8.2 Students analyze the political principles underlying the U.S. Constitution and compare to enumerated and implied powers of the federal government.
6. Enumerate the powers of government set forth in the Constitution and the fundamental liberties ensured by the Bill of Rights.
11.1 Students analyze the significant events in the founding of the nation and its attempts to realize the philosophy of government described in the Declaration of Independence.
2. Analyze the ideological origins of the American Revolution, the divinely bestowed unalienable natural rights philosophy of the Founding Fathers, the debates on the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and the addition of the Bill of Rights.