Focus on the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
Celebrate Freedom Week unit contains 4 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Celebrate Freedom Week Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
The Declaration of Independence
Students create a class chart of what they know about colonial America and the Revolutionary War. Then they outline the structure of the Declaration of Independence and explain the famous line, “We hold these truths…” Next they analyze the actual statement declaring independence and explain why July 4 is recognized as Independence Day. Finally they create a work of their own choosing to explain the Declaration of Independence.
The U.S. Constitution
Students describe what they feel when they sing “The Star Spangled Banner.” Then they examine the structure and content of the Constitution and infer its purpose. Next they analyze the preamble and the goals of the Constitution. Finally they create an illustration of the Preamble and add the caption, “We the People of the United States.”
The Bill of Rights
Students brainstorm freedoms that they enjoy. Then they watch a video about the Bill of Rights and create a summary chart of each right. Then they analyze the First Amendment and identify examples of limitations it puts on the government. Finally they evaluate Freedom of Speech, and whether there are limits to this freedom.