Bill of Rights Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the Bill of Rights. Students will read a text lesson that explains what the Bill of Rights is and what's included, analyze each amendment, and apply their knowledge to an activity. Finish with a quiz to check understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the purpose of the Bill of Rights
  • describe and analyze the Bill of Rights


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Bill of Rights
  • Constitution
  • Amendments

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Ask students to brainstorm the rights they have in either your classroom or school.
  • When finished, divide students into partner pairs and have them share their lists, then share as a whole class, listing on the board.
  • Now, ask students to think about the rights they have and make another list of rights they wished they had.
  • Have students share with their partner when finished then tuck away for later.

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