Subject: History, Social Studies

Lesson Length: 1 hour

Topic: Analyzing Primary Source Documents

Grade Level: 4, 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will develop an understanding of the Bill of Rights and how it impacts their life.

Know Before You Start: Students should have a good understanding of what a democracy is, our basic freedoms, and the difference between a right and a responsibility.

Hook: Ask students to write down 3 things they enjoy doing when they get home from school. The teacher should collect 5 popular responses from the class and then tell the students they are not allowed to do 2 of them any more. For example: You can no longer watch TV or play video games when you get home from school. 

Discuss with the class why they feel they should have the right to continue to do these things.

Introduce the Bill of Rights and the reasons the colonists felt this was important to include in their newly written Constitution.

Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, students will create a two-panel comic to showcase one of the rights found in the Bill of Rights.

  • Panel 1: Illustrate and/or demonstrate the meaning of the amendment (chosen right).
  • Panel 2: Depict a scenario of how this right/amendment impacts your life or the lives of people around you.

Closure: Display completed comics, either digitally or printed, and place them in order from the first amendment through the tenth. Have students complete a gallery walk to view all the different amendments and how they can impact their lives.


  • Allow students to use speech-to-text feature.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Provide example scenarios for students to use in their comic.

  • Provide sentence frames as needed.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

  • Students can work in pairs or independently.