Social Studies - 2019-20

GOVT.11a - Bill of Rights

The student will apply social science skills to understand civil liberties and civil rights by 

a) examining the Bill of Rights, with emphasis on First Amendment freedoms

Adopted: 2015


Big Themes/Concepts: Change, Rights & Responsibilities

How has the Constitution lasted through changing times?

How can the judiciary balance individual rights with the common good?

Why are there ongoing struggles for civil rights?


The first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States, known as the Bill of Rights, outline American civil liberties. 


Term to know 

 civil liberties: Freedoms upon which the government may not infringe 

The Bill of Rights is composed of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The Bill of Rights guarantees the rights of individuals and expresses limitations on federal and state governments. 

First Amendment freedoms 

 Religion: Government may not establish an official religion, endorse an official religion, or unduly interfere with the free exercise of religion. 

 Speech: Individuals are free to express their opinions and beliefs. 

 Press: The press is free to gather and publish information, including that which criticizes the government. 

 Assembly: Individuals may peacefully gather. 

 Petition: Individuals have the freedom to make their views known to public officials. 

Rights of the accused 

 The Bill of Rights protects citizens from 

o unreasonable search and seizures 

o double jeopardy 

o self-incrimination 

o cruel and unusual punishment. 

Ninth Amendment 

 Citizens have rights beyond what is specifically listed in the Constitution of the United States.


Updated: Jul 11, 2017