Bill of Rights vs. Checks and Balances

8th grade eighth grade, american revolution, bill of rights, checks and balances, constitution, Phil Berndt

Phil's lesson will help students identify the Bill of Rights as the first 10 amendments added to the Constitution and the significance of these amendments as it pertains to their own personal lives and freedoms.  Students will also be able to understand the importance of the system of checks and balances as it applies to the meaning of the Bill of Rights.  Students will use technology to look at pending Supreme Court cases as secondary resources and be able to create their own case as a challenge to one of the Bill of Rights amendments. 

Lesson Plan - Word / PDF
Presentation - PowerPoint / PDF
Primary Sources Worksheet - PDF
Discussion Questions on Supreme Court Cases - PDF
News Article on the Banning of Video Games - PDF
Interpreting the Bill of RIghts - PDF