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How important is the Bill of Rights?

The Bill of Rights is the collection of the first ten amendments to the constitution.   You have been assigned one amendment.  

Use this worksheet to organize your research.

 

KEEP A LIST OF RESOURCES YOU USE—YOU MAY USE THE LAST PAGE OF THIS WORKSHEET, OR KEEP YOUR LIST ELECTRONICALLY IN YOUR FILE.  

 

1.      Which amendment are you studying?_____________________________________________

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2.      Copy it here:________________________________________________________________

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3.      CMT A: Forming a General Understanding: What is this amendment mainly about?   Show your understanding by putting the information in your own words AND using details:__________

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4.      CMT B: Developing Interpretation: ANSWER ONE of the following questions

_         What is the purpose of this amendment?  

_         Why did the authors include this amendment in the Bill of Rights?   What happened in our history that made people think this was an important right in 1791?   Connect to our history studies about the American Revolution and use information from history with the amendment to interpret the amendment:

Remember to show your understanding with details from sources (history book/amendment):___
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5.      CMT C: Making Reader/Text Connections: Think about what this story says about people in general. In what ways does it remind you of people you have read about? Support your answer with evidence from the story 

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6.      Interview two people over 25 years old.

_         Use your summary to explain the amendment to the person you are interviewing.   

_         Then ask your questions.  

_         Include the interview questions and responses (your notes) in your project.  

Prepare five questions to ask in an interview about this amendment.  

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First Interview: Name:

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Second Interview: Name:

 

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USE IDEAS YOU GOT FROM YOUR INTERVIEWS TO SEARCH OUT CURRENT EVENTS ABOUT YOUR AMENDMENT

7. Current events:      Is this amendment important to us today?    Why or why not?  Explain in your own words why you, as an American, appreciate this right_____________________________________________

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8. Look in magazines, newspapers and/or the Internet to find a current issue (in our community or in the nation) that involves your amendment.     Summarize the issue here:_________________________________            

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9. Explain how your current event effects or is effected by your amendment_________________            

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10. How important is the Bill of Rights?   After all of your research, what do YOU think?______

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11. CMT D: Examining Content and Structure Using information from your research, write a paragraph explaining how important the bill of rights is.   This paragraph will appear in on-line for your parents, teachers and friends to see.

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