Ways to Celebrate the First 10 Amendments!

December 19th, 2011 by

Bill of Rights Day is December 15! This year marks the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791. Bill of Rights Day has been a day of federal observance since 1941 – here are some fun ways that you can celebrate! Pledge to read the Bill of Rights – please join us Read more…

Bill of Rights Holiday Song

December 19th, 2011 by

Bill of Rights Day is Thursday – are you ready to celebrate? Explore our resources, including lessons, games, quizzes, videos, and SMART Board resources  – or even read the Bill of Rights! Below you will find one of my favorite ways to teach students the Bill of Rights. From the “Westbrook classroom,” a festive way to help Read more…

New Video – Rule of Law

December 15th, 2011 by

Do you understand why the rule of law is important for maintaining free society? We created a short, engaging video for Bill of Rights Day on the constitutional principle of the rule of law. Exciting visuals from current events, an engaging historical narrative, brief scholar interviews, and memorable quotes will make this 8-minute video perfect Read more…

Anniversary of Washington’s Death

December 14th, 2011 by

On December 14, 1799, George Washington, the first president of the United States, passed away at age 67.  Washington died at his Mount Vernon estate from a severe throat infection.  The Bill of Rights Institute remembers Washington with a discussion of his life by Professor Stuart Leibiger of LaSalle University. George Washington made four critical Read more…

Delaware: The First State

December 7th, 2011 by

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the new United States Constitution.  Delaware was concerned about their small size and lack of economic viability and decided that ratifying the Constitution would be in their best interest. . Because the Articles of Confederation did not provide an effective national government, a Constitutional Read more…

Twitter and Student Free Speech

December 2nd, 2011 by

An 18-year old Kansas high school senior attended a field trip with her Youth in Government program. On her way back from the event, she posted a tweet disparaging of Governor Sam Brownback and containing off-color language to her 65 followers. The governor’s staff noticed the tweet in the course of their regular monitoring of Read more…

2011 National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference

December 1st, 2011 by

It’s here!  The 2011 National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference occurs this weekend, Dec. 2 – 4, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  The theme for this year’s conference is Dimensions of Diversity, and the Bill of Rights Institute is helping to carry out that theme by presenting four Read more…

Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

November 18th, 2011 by

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave the famous Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Gettysburg was the scene, on July 1-3 of that year, of one of the bloodiest battles in the American Civil War.  As he memorialized the fallen soldiers, Lincoln defined their fight as a way of securing the Declaration of Independence’s Read more…

Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery

November 10th, 2011 by

“Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God” Inscription at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery World War I ended with an armistice, or cease of hostilities, on November 11, 1918.  This day became known as Armistice Day to honor those who fought in the World War I, Read more…

Anniversary of FDR’s 4th Election

November 7th, 2011 by

On November 7, 1944 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to an unprecedented fourth term in office.  Roosevelt had won his first presidential election in 1932 with almost sixty percent of the popular vote.  Americans were concerned after the stock market crash in 1929 led to bank and business failures, home foreclosures, and high unemployment Read more…