Social Studies: Bill of Rights

Activity Idea: Discuss the Bill of Rights generally as a class. Have each student choose one Amendment that resonates with them to write about in their journal. They should write the amendment in their own words and then explain why they think it is an important part of the US Bill of Rights. Later, have students leave a comment on another student's Amendment entry describing why they agree or disagree with the student's opinion. Find the Bill of Rights here.

Tip: Students can use the Note tool or use the Add File tool to import their essay from the device, Google Drive, or Dropbox. They could also use the Voice Recorder tool to describe why they think their chosen Amendment is important. Before letting students comment, discuss what a "good" comment looks like as a class. Check out Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Curriculum if you need a starting point.

Supports Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.