Rights and Responsibilities: Securing the Blessings of Liberty

Author: G. Salvador Gutierrez

Suggested Grade Level(s): 5

Suggested Subject Area(s): Social Studies, English Language Arts and Reading

Number of Class Periods Required: 5 class periods (45 minutes per period), plus approximately 3 additional weeks of research time in the library and/or computer lab

Essential Question:
Does the U.S. Constitution, which sets out to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” protect all Americans?

Teacher Overview:
This unit allows students to hone their research, writing, presentation, and technological skills while working in groups to tell a chapter of history that is little known and not necessarily covered in the fifth-grade Social Studies curriculum. To build students’ knowledge, several lessons contain primary sources, and it is recommended that children’s books be read aloud to the class.

The research generated by the small groups will ultimately be incorporated into a class PowerPoint presentation. This presentation will be assessed by the class as a whole, thus making students accountable to themselves, their small groups, and eventually the entire class.

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