Okay . . . admit it. How many of you didn’t know that today is Bill of Rights Day?
Come on, it’s okay.
Yes, I see those hands.
I first ran across Bill of Rights Day a year ago. I consider myself a person who keeps up with this sort of thing but I had no idea. So it’s been kinda fun talking this week with history teachers about their plans for the day, looking at resources and playing a few games.
And I know the day is already over but most of you middle and high school teachers are probably right around the Constitutional Period and you government folks can fit this stuff in just about anytime. So a few ideas and resources:
- Get the Bill of Rights basics.
- The National Constitutional Center has a nice page with a few videos, some teaching ideas and a few other resources.
- iCivics.org, a awesome program sponsored by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has a great simulation called Do I Have A Right. The sim goes beyond the scope of the first 10 Amendments but your kids should be playing it anyway!
- iCivics also has a teacher page with some great resources.
- The Bill of Rights Institute has a useful site with downloads and teacher resources.
- ReadWriteThink put together a nice lesson plan with a few useful links.
The US Courts posted a short video that asks the question “What does the Bill of Rights mean to you?” That might be a good place to start with your kids.
So go ahead and celebrate! Assemble peacefully, read a newspaper, don’t quarter any troops in your house, go out and get that speedy trial you’ve always talked about and don’t forget to practice those guaranteed unenumerated rights.
Update – How did I forget the EDSITEment folks? Check the comments below for more super resources from Joe P. at EDSITEment !