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Retouching the Canvas: The Creation of the Bill of Rights - Teaching America History

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6 to 12
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Use this interactive to see the creation of the Bill of Rights and ratification of the United States Constitution. Begin with Delaware, the first state to ratify, and follow links ...more
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Use this interactive to see the creation of the Bill of Rights and ratification of the United States Constitution. Begin with Delaware, the first state to ratify, and follow links to view records of debates, a timeline, and a map of voting history in the state. Continue along the interactive to see the progression of ratification of the Bill of Rights through completion in 1791 with Virginia's approval providing the 2/3 majority required. The timeline continues through to Rhode Island's ratification of the constitution.

tag(s): american revolution (88), bill of rights (28), constitution (92)

In the Classroom

Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore it independently or in small groups. After exploring the site, enhance learning by creating a class newspaper detailing events from the time period using a tool such as the Printing Press, reviewed here. Extend student learning by challenging them to make timelines (with music, photos, videos, and more) using Timeline JS, reviewed here, to demonstrate ratification of the Bill of Rights or the Constitution.
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