History of the Bill of Rights

Lesson Duration

Author: Washington State Courts

Students play a “Jeopardy” like game to learn about the history of the Bill of Rights.  Students should have some basic knowledge of the content of the Bill of Rights and the historical setting in which it was written.  Handouts help students with detailed information.  Questions and answers for the game are provided.


  • Students will list rights contained in the Bill of Rights and know there are other rights in the U.S. Constitution and subsequent amendments.
  • Students will explain why the U.S. Constitution of 1787 did not contain a Bill of Rights.
  • Students will identify the players in the process to obtain a Bill of Rights.
  • Students will apply the 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights to their lives today.


Source:   http://www.courts.wa.gov/education/lessons/?fa=education_lessons.dspPlan&plan=HistoryOfBillOfRights


The Washington State Courts Judges in the Classroom program includes 30 lessons developed by the Institute for Citizen’s Education in the Law. This lesson was adapted by Tarry L. Lindquist.