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What you'll learn

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.

Grade(s)
  • 4-5
Duration
50 minutes
Day(s) offered
Monday–Friday
Time(s) offered
9 a.m.–4 p.m. ET
Cost

Free, with admission

Venue and Capacity
  • Learning Center (max 30)
Minimum enrollment
12 participants
Enrollment type
Registration required

Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum at least 15 minutes before your scheduled class time.

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.

You can register by completing our online form, calling 202/292-6650 or emailing educationprograms@newseum.org.

When a school fails to appear for its scheduled Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

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