No Bill of Rights, No Deal (HS)
In the debate over the Constitution, the Bill of Rights was a deal breaker. In this lesson, students learn why the federalists thought the Constitution didn’t need a bill of rights and why the anti-federalists refused to accept the Constitution without one. Students will find out why individual rights was such a big issue, where the concept of a bill of rights came from,and how the Bill of Rights finally got added to the U.S. Constitution.
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Students will be able to:
- Identify arguments for and against the need for a bill of rights in the U.S. Constitution
- Explain why the Bill of Rights was added to the U.S. Constitution
- Describe how the Bill of Rights addresses limited government
- Relate the arguments over the need for a bill of rights to the wording of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution
- Compare and contrast the fears on both sides of the argument over the need for a bill of rights
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