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A reading comprehension lesson on the Bill of Rights.
 

THE BILL OF RIGHTS

 

A reading comprehension lesson on the Bill of Rights. This lesson includes a brief history of how the Bill of Rights came to be as well as a list and explanation of each of the ten amendments which make up the Bill of Rights. Includes a printable teaching lesson worksheet.

 

Suggested Grades:

4th Grade - 5th Grade - 6th Grade

 

 

Teaching Objectives:

By completing this lesson, students will be able to demonstrate their reading comprehension skills, including reading strategies, inference, literal meaning, and critical analysis.

 

 

 

 

 

BILL OF RIGHTS LESSON

 

Directions:

Print the The Bill of Rights reading comprehension passage and questions (see below).

 

Students should read the story silently, then answer the questions about the story that follow.

 

Excerpt from passage

The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America. These ten amendments are rights that deal with individual freedoms. The leaders that were in charge of the United States (our Forefathers) worked hard to create a constitution to show people what America stood for. Many people realized that this constitution lacked the protection for individuals when it came to civil liberties. These important people urged for the creation of a bill of rights.

Americans wanted to know that these protections would be available to them. Many of them did not see the point of having a U.S. Constitution without protecting the citizens of the country. Before the Constitution was even signed and brought into the light, many people called to ratify the document. These same men refused to sign the Constitution unless it was changed.

One of the most notable men to refuse to sign the Constitution was George Mason. Mr. Mason created the Virginia Bill of Rights. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison also spoke up about their dissatisfaction. They felt that without something that spoke directly about civil liberties the government would have too much control over people's lives.

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The Bill of Rights Lesson

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 Includes reading comprehension passage, questions, and answers.

 

 

 

 

 

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