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on the Constitution and Bill of Rights through guided model from teacher prior to the activity.

Students should be able to answer the following questions:


Why do you think the Constitution and Bill of Rights were important to those in the past?


Why do you think the Constitution and Bill of Rights are important to us today?


Why do you think the Constitution and Bill of Rights will be important in the future?   


Using reader’s theater will help students gain an understanding of the importance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in reference to our past, present, and future..  It will also increase vocabulary, fluency and comprehension through the use of drama to meet reading and language arts standards.

General Notes (Extension Activities:  to address differentiation learning styles):  

1.   Have students make a 10 page booklet listing each amendment.  Using old magazines, newspapers, and/or drawings, students should be able to choose an example that reflects each amendement and write how their picture, article, or drawing exemplifies the amendment.

2.   Have students in partners/groups make up skits for each individual amendment using their own ideas, practice, and perform for the class.

3.   Students can create poems and use poetry reading rubric from website below.

Fluency rubric: http://www.cvesd.k12.ca.us/finney/paulvm/h1_rubr.html

4.   ELL students and/or resource students may work in peer group or with teacher assistance to complete requirements.  

5.   Students can write a Bill of Rights for the classroom.  http://www.abcteach.com/constitution/billrights2.htm

6.   The following website has numerous games, activities, etc. that are interactive and fun for student to do as they learn about the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


7.   Another readers theater is available for the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District case regarding the wearing of black arm bands to school as a protest the Vietnam War and referring to the 1st Amendment for the freedom of speech and expression.

8. More Constitution activities:   


9.  More scripts and activities http://edhelper.com/Constitution_Day.htm

Assessment Activities:   

Reader’s Theater Rubric    The following rubrics assess students for their performance during the Reader’s Theater presentation.  

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