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1.6 Introduction to the Bill of Rights

Goals

Build vocabulary relevant to the Bill of Rights

Instructions

  1. Open your copy of the Constitution to the Bill of Rights
  2. Read the introduction to the Bill of Rights video below
  3. Watch the video and answer the questions in the video
  4. Answer the questions

Introduction

Please open your copy of the Constitution to the Bill of Rights (you can find the Bill of Rights beginning on the 12th page of the pdf).

The Bill of Rights is the name for the first Ten Amendments to the United States Constitution.

To understand the Bill of Rights it is helpful to remember that when the United States was established some Americans, known as the Federalists, favored a stronger national government. Other Americans, known as the antifederalists, favored a more limited national government.

One compromise between people who feared that the national government might become too strong and those who favored a stronger national government was the addition of the Bill of Rights to the Constitution. The Bill of Rights guarantees important rights and freedoms.

Introduction to the Bill of Rights Video (Two and one-half minutes)

Watch the video below. There is only text and audio in this video. Answer the questions in the video.

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