Know Your Rights
Teaching Students About The Bill of Rights
There are few more controversial topics in our nation than the rights and freedoms of American citizens. Take an in-depth look at the 10 amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. Before engaging with the materials in this playlist, students should already have some knowledge of the Constitution and other important historical events that precluded the creation of the Bill of Rights in 1791.
Eboni has extensive experience in curriculum development, with a focus on culturally-responsive and arts-based approaches. Having spent years creating academic content and providing professional development to teachers, she now curates themed playlists meant to provide educators with valuable, time-saving resources.
This resource contains an updated list of current events that demonstrate how each amendment plays out in our nation today. Although most of the articles are written for adults, they can provide you with examples of current conversations around civil liberties to share with your students.
This American Life podcast recently released an episode featuring this 30-minute story about Barbara Jordan, the first black congresswoman to come out of Texas, who led a bipartisan team in the 1990s tasked with finding a solution to the immigration debate. Jordan’s passion for the Bill of Rights informed many of the tough decisions she was asked to make. But mostly we think you need to bear witness to one of the most iconic speaking voices to ever hit the House floor.