December 15 is Bill of Rights Day. On December 15, 1791, three-fourths of the states ratified the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
This Bill of Rights Day, the U.S. National Archives is offering a special preview of five new distance learning programs for students in grades K-12 over two days. The National Archives also has additional resources for teaching the Bill of Rights.
Register here for all programs. All times MST.
Wednesday, December 15
- 9:15-11:55 a.m. The Bill of Rights Protects You (Grades 6-12)
- 11:15-11:45 a.m. Make Your Voice Count: Learning About the First Amendment (Grades K-2)
- 12:15-1:00 p.m. The First Amendment: Five Rights in One! (Grades 3-5)
Thursday, December 16
- 9:15-9:45 a.m. No Conscription Without Representation: Voting Rights and the Constitution (Grades 9-12)
- 11:15-11:45 a.m. Voting Rights, the Constitution, & Representative Government (Grades 6-8)
Teachers and caregivers, register your students today so they can experience these new programs on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. All events will be delivered via Zoom and participant comments will be shared only with presenters to ensure a student-friendly environment. Registration will close 24 hours before each event.
As we look back at 230 years of the Bill of Rights, the National Archives offers a variety of resources to unpack the origins and legacy of this founding document. In this blog post from the U.S. National Archives, find information on:
- The Bill of Rights on DocsTeach: The Amending America page on DocsTeach is a great place to find primary sources and teaching activities for exploring how we’ve changed our Constitution to protect rights, expand participation and refine government powers.
- Putting the Bill Of Rights to the Test e-book: Explore some of the core concepts, or protections, found in the Bill of Rights, and how they’ve been tested throughout American history.
- Congress Creates the Bill of Rights: Go back to the beginning with the Center for Legislative Archives and discover how Congress created the Bill of Rights with an eBook, iPad app, and activities for students.
Looking for even more resources on the history of the Bill of Rights? You can find videos, online exhibits, articles and more on the National Archives website.