Practice using the RACES writing strategy and discover the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights with a passage, organizer, and prompt.
Discover the Bill of Rights with the RACES Writing Strategy
Do you need resources to teach about the United States Government? We’ve got the background and the resources you need to make that happen!
The U.S. government was created by the Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution is the home of the Bill of Rights — the document that guarantees equal rights to citizens of our great country. As adults, the concepts are pretty clear, but for young learners, Government is, by far, one of the most difficult abstract concepts to teach. We’re here to help you do that!
This worksheet integrates Social Studies and writing concepts and is a perfect activity for Constitution Day. Students will read a short passage covering the basics of the Bill of Rights in America. They will then use our RACES Writing Strategy Graphic organizer to plan and rough draft their constructed response to the question, “How did the Bill of Rights change the United States?”
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:
- Guided reading groups
- Lesson warm-up
- Lesson wrap-up
- Fast finishers
- Homework assignment
- Whole-class review (via smartboard)
Fast Finisher Activity
- Challenge your fast finishers to extend their learning into a research project or essay development activity.
Support Struggling Students
- Support struggling readers or ESL students by providing sentence starters or sentence frames to aid in completing their paragraphs.
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Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.
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Provide students with practice identifying services provided by the government.
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