Click to Watch: Volunteer to educate students in celebration of the first 225 years of the Bill of Rights on its December 15 anniversary, or anytime throughout December. FBA members are encouraged to reach out to high school teachers and offer to conduct a Bill of Rights class or help arrange a visit to the local federal courthouse. This 50-minute activity is ready for immediate use in courtrooms or classrooms. Start the session with the three-minute video Students Sound Off on the Bill of Rights, then turn to the supporting materials to facilitate a discussion. No preparation, research, or reading is required to be successful with this well-tested program.
This great activity is just one way to give back to the community by educating others on how the laws that built this country affect our everyday lives. As the future leaders of this country, it is imperative that students learn the rights that they hold as citizens in order to not infringe upon the rights of others. The Bill of Rights, the first 10 Amendments to our Constitution, was passed by Congress in 1789 and was later ratified in 1791. These Amendments give Americans security in knowing that they can limit the power the government possesses over them and later ratifications allow citizens to hold more of the power not given directly to the Federal government.
For other civics education resources, visit www.fedbar.org/civics.