History/Civics/Writing Assignment

FIRE has a November 20, 2003 post about freedoms in the amendments. It notes that most students do not know what the amendments protect.

The Bill of Rights only deals with the first ten amendments. All these were added in 1789.

What if I had the students look up the Bill of Rights. They would have to write a sentence or two on their own to say what the amendment actually says is a right. Then I could have them look up an internet post on each topic and comment on what it said.

Nah. That’s too hard. I’d spend weeks at the computer reading the stuff.

What if I had them turn in the posts they read?

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