In 1941, just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 15 to be Bill of Rights Day, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
Help students understand the Bill of Rights and dig into each of the first ten amendments though Discovery Education video and a variety of lesson resources and creative assignments.
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, K-12
Explore the protections guaranteed to U.S. citizens under the Bill of Rights – the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Added soon after the Constitution was written, the Bill of Rights protects fundamental democratic freedoms and helps keep government from treating its citizens unfairly. Today, the U.S. government and its citizens continue to interpret the Bill of Rights in a changing world.
Recommended Video Segments
Selected grade-appropriate video segments that provide solid introductions to the Bill of Rights.
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Video Segment, K-8
Reviews the Bill of Rights and lists the 10 amendments.
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook, Video Segment, 9-12
The Bill of Rights was instated into the Constitution to preserve the Natural Rights of the citizens of the United States. This video segment reviews the amendments and the rationale for establishing them.
Use one of the following materials to inspire students’ curiosity about the Bill of Rights.
In addition to a collection of individual video segments and other media, Discovery Education provides instructional resources (e.g., lesson plans, assignments, presentations) to help with classroom planning.
Social Studies Techbook, Lesson Plan, 6-8
This lesson explores the essential question “How does the Bill of Rights help government balance rights and order in the U.S. political system?” It includes all 5Es, teacher preparation, literacy connections, a model lesson, and other components standard to Social Studies Techbook lessons.
Discovery Education Streaming, Lesson Plan, 6-8
Students use reading passages and videos to investigate the origins and meaning of the right of the freedom of the press in the United States. Enhance this lesson by incorporating current articles and arguments.
Discovery Education Streaming, Activity, 9-12
This activity includes each of the first 10 amendments and requires students to analyze and paraphrase each one.
Discovery Education Streaming, Assignment, 9-12
This assignment incorporates multiple pieces of media and requires students to read the Bill of Rights and view a video about its ratification before analyzing the effects of the document on people’s lives.
Instructional Strategy, Educator
This strategy encourages students to summarize their learning by drawing a picture and writing a few phrases or sentences. This activity allows for students at various levels of knowledge of academic vocabulary to participate, by writing a few words, short phrases, or complex sentences. As your students to pick their favorite amendment, create small groups to tackle multiple amendments, or create a class book illustrating and explaining all ten.