Studying the United States Constitution helps young people understand
the real meaning of participatory democracy. Students prepare a
"Bill of Rights Skit" and perform it at a Homeless Veterans Shelter.
This experience encourages them to practice the responsibilities
of citizenship and embrace the need for community involvement.
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Johnson, author and AT&T Teacher Disseminator.
Understand the principles of democracy.
Comprehend historical source documents and materials.
Make connections between the past and the present.
Make effective oral presentations.
1. Read literature sections on U.S.
2. List, discuss, and role play each
Bill of Rights Amendment.
3. Read "Bill of Rights Skit" from We the
People...The Citizen and the Constitution
4. Agree on production or acting roles for
5. Practice and prepare props and costumes.
6. Perform skit for neighboring classroom.
Invite parents and school administrators to "Bill of Rights Skit"
at Homeless Veterans Shelter. After performance, answer questions
from the audience about the Constitution.
By studying the story of the Constitution, students understand how
elected officials write and pass legislature.
Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz, 1987: G.
P. Putnam; We the People...The Citizen and the Constitution,
Level 1, 1997: Center for Civic Education; materials for props and
Students research The Bill of Rights on the Internet; identify their
U.S. Congressional District and email their Congress Person about
their We the People... constitutional studies.
We the People... quiz evaluates Bill of Rights comprehension.
Students and teacher write reflections on skit participation.
Students find information at the Center
for Civic Education