Bill of Rights Day

December 15th


James Madison Presents the Bill of Rights to the First Congress


On December 15, 1791, Virginia became the final state to ratify the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. These were subsequently incorporated into the Constitution and became known as the Bill of Rights. December 15th became known as day to honor America’s freedoms in 1941 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the 150th anniversary of their ratification as Bill of Rights Day. President Roosevelt urged all Americans to display the flag on this date, and to plan appropriate ceremonies honoring the occasion.

The following classroom resources have been reviewed by SCORE H-SS staff for use in classroom and school recognitions of Bill of Rights Day.  As always, if you find or have written useful materials to mark the holiday, please share them with other teachers by sending them to me at

Margaret Hill, Ph.D., Director
Score History-Social Science


Bill of Rights 1791



Lessons from the Bill of Rights Institute

Origin of the Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights for Real Life:  Why the Bill of Rights?
Being an American: The Bill of Rights
Founders and the Constitution: The Virginia Declaration of Rights
Citizenship and Character: Responsibility
Media and American Democracy: The Bill of Rights and Fahrenheit 451


Norman Rockwell's “ "Freedom of Speech"”


Lessons from the Constitutional Rights Foundation

When Rights Conflict
Trends and Issues of the Bill of Rights

Lessons from the Washington Courts 

History of the Bill of Rights

An Introduction to the Bill of Rights 

Rights and Responsibilities 

Rights in Conflict 

Madison Reading the Proposal for a Bill of Rights
to the House of Representatives


Lessons from Other Sources

Picture Books and the Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights Song
What Responsibilities Accompany Our Rights?
Bill of Rights Mini-Unit