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Battle for the Bill of Rights

Through role-play and debate, students learn about Federalists, Antifederalists and the creation of the Bill of Rights.

Go back in time and relive the debate over whether basic freedoms should be included in the Constitution of our new country. Students take on the roles – hats, wigs and mannerisms – of Federalists and Antifederalists and make their 18th century arguments for and against a Bill of Rights. Role-playing and slogan writing give students an understanding of the history and importance of our First Amendment freedoms.
"[My students] loved the costumes and group work. It was very interactive, relaxed and fun. They were able to learn some important Bill of Rights vocabulary and conceptualize it." Mia Moen, teacher, Annandale, Va.

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Unit - Battle for the Bill of Rights - Middle PDF DOC
Handouts - Battle for the Bill of Rights - Middle PDF DOC

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Booking Information

This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 30 students in the Learning Center classroom. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. We appreciate hands-on assistance from chaperones when needed.

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  • Topics:
    Civil Rights
    Constitution
    Politics
  • Theme:
    Historical Connections
  • Level:
    Students | Grades 4-6
  • Cost:
    Free; Newseum admission required
  • Duration:
    50 minutes
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Times Offered:
    9:30 a.m. Learning Center
    10:45 a.m. Learning Center
    12:15 p.m. Learning Center
    1:30 p.m. Learning Center
  • Capacity:
    Max 30 students in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    12 participants
  • Grades:
    Elementary School
    Middle School
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

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