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Proposed Amendments to the Constitution, 1789

[Detail] Proposed Amendments to the Constitution, 1789

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will examine a copy of twelve possible amendments to the United States Constitution as originally sent to the states for their ratification in September of 1789. Students will debate and vote on which of these amendments they would ratify and compare their resulting “Bill of Rights” to the ten amendments ratified by ten states that have since been known by this name.


Students will:

  • Analyze a document as a primary source;
  • Develop persuasive arguments;
  • Gain insight into the process by which the Bill of Rights came to be.


Time Required

  • One to two classes

Recommended Grade Level

  • 6-8
  • 9-12


  • Government, Law & Politics


  • The New Nation, 1783-1815