The Bill of Rights: Debating the Amendments
In this lesson, students will examine a copy of twelve possible amendments to the United States Constitution as originally sent to the states for their ratification in September of 1789. Students will debate and vote on which of these amendments they would ratify and compare their resulting “Bill of Rights” to the ten amendments ratified by ten states that have since been known by this name.
While completing this lesson, students will:
- Analyze a document as a primary source.
- Develop persuasive arguments.
- Gain insight into the process by which the Bill of Rights came to be.
One to two class periods
Recommended Grade Level
The New Nation, 1783-1815
McREL 4th Edition Standards & Benchmarks
- Standard 2. Understands the historical perspective
- Standard 7. Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts
- Standard 8. Understands the institutions and practices of government created during the Revolution and how these elements were revised between 1787 and 1815 to create the foundation of American political system based on the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights