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 peg_hill@sbcss.k12.ca.us.

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
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/borday/bory_u1_l1.pdf

Bill of Rights for Real Life:  Why the Bill of Rights?
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/borday/brrl_u1_l2.pdf
 
Being an American: The Bill of Rights
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/BOR.pdf
 
Founders and the Constitution: The Virginia Declaration of Rights
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/borday/founders_mason.pdf
 
Citizenship and Character: Responsibility
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/075-090%20U06%20Responsibility.pdf
 
Media and American Democracy: The Bill of Rights and Fahrenheit 451
http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/pdf/Media_Fahr451.pdf

 

Norman Rockwell's “ "Freedom of Speech"”

 

Lessons from the Constitutional Rights Foundation

When Rights Conflict
http://www.crf-usa.org/bria/bria10_1.html
 
Trends and Issues of the Bill of Rights
http://www.crf-usa.org/bria/bria8_1.htm
 

Lessons from the Washington Courts 


History of the Bill of Rights
http://www.courts.wa.gov/education/lessons/?fa=education_lessons.display&displayid=Histrybo

An Introduction to the Bill of Rights
http://www.courts.wa.gov/education/lessons/?fa=education_lessons.display&displayid=Introbor 

Rights and Responsibilities
http://www.courts.wa.gov/education/lessons/?fa=education_lessons.display&displayid=Rightres 

Rights in Conflict
http://www.courts.wa.gov/education/lessons/?fa=education_lessons.display&displayid=Rtscnflc 

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
http://www.constitutioncenter.org/education/ForEducators/LessonPlans/BillofRights/5489.shtml
 
The Bill of Rights
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/constitu/const-l2.html
  
Bill of Rights Song
http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSMusicBillOfRightsSong4.htm
 
What Responsibilities Accompany Our Rights?
http://www.civiced.org/wtp_elem21_sb.php
  
Bill of Rights Mini-Unit
http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-celebrations/billrigh.html