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The U.S. Bill of Rights | Write Your Own Bill of Rights | Comparative Politics

Learn the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. Apply them to real life. Compare the Bill of Rights to the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen and the Haitian Declaration of Independence. Then write your own.
Tess Tureson
19 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 1 learner
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Students will learn why we have a Bill of Rights, that the Bill of Rights is the name for the first 10 amendments to the constitution, what is contained in the Bill of Rights, and what these rights look like in practice. 
Students will also learn the philosophical basis and political theory behind the Bill of Rights.
They will see that government structure is determined by an assessment of values and priorities, leading to different forms of government that are based on different values.
Students will be asked to assess their own values and priorities to create their own Bill of Rights based on what is most important to them.
I am a licensed high school social studies teacher and former debate coach. This is a lesson that I taught previously in schools to my students in a unit about the U.S. constitution.
Lesson 1: Students will need to watch the video lecture and take notes.

Lesson 2: Students will be asked to play the game "Do I Have the Right?" on the icivics platform (a free website with no account or registration needed) or to teach what they have learned to someone else. Students should then type what surprised them most and what interested them most from the class in the comments section of our Outschool classroom.

Lesson 3: Students will watch the video lecture and read through the French "Declaration of the Rights of Man and The Citizen" and the Haitian "Preliminary Declaration."

Lesson 4: Students will write a rough draft of their own Bill of Rights based on what they learned from class and what they think are the most important rights to protect and defend.
In the outschool classroom, I will post reference and note sheets that students may wish to print, though this is not required.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The capstone project for this class will be the creation of a personal "Bill of Rights" which should reflect the enlightenment ideas which were explained and practiced throughout the class.
No live meetings, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This course goes over the first 10 amendments to the U.S. constitution which includes references to guns, crimes, and cruel and unusual punishment. No graphic detail is shared nor are personal opinions about the implementation of these rights.

Students will also be guided to a game on a different website, icivics. Icivics is a free website containing games and resources for teachers and students interested in government. No registration or account is required to play the game. If students would prefer not to play, they may choose to teach what they've learned to someone else instead.
The Bill of Rights
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
Preliminary Declaration


Tess Tureson
Lives in the United States
Licensed High School Social Studies Teacher and Experienced Kindergarten Instructional Assistant
19 total reviews
36 completed classes

About Me

ABOUT ME: My name is Tess Tureson. If you were to stereotype me, I would be a grandma and a nerd- a grandma because I love love love old things and dying pastimes, and a nerd because my favorite hobby is learning new things and I'm fascinated by... 
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