Sample Lesson: Bill of Rights

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Candidate: Evelyn Flores

Title: The Bill of Rights (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas)

Goal: Help students understand how laws shape a society.

Objectives: 5th graders will investigate and analyze information about the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas case in order to determine how it relates to The Bill of Rights and themselves.

Intended Audience: 5th grade/ Social Studies

New York State Learning Standards:

Standard 5: Civics, Citizenship, and Government

Students will use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the United States and other nations; the United States Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.

Prerequisite Knowledge:

Students should have some knowledge about The Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the importance of cases reaching the Supreme Court.

Materials Needed:

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas handout


Poster board

Construction paper




            Introduction: “Today boys and girls we are going to investigate the case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas.  This is an important case because it will help you understand how it relates to The Bill of Rights and yourselves.  Remember boys and girls the handout from last night, does anyone have any questions or comments.”

  1. Each student will receive a handout the day before the lesson containing the ten Amendments.  Each student will be asked to read and review the handout for homework and come with any questions to class. 
  2. Introduce students to hand out about the court case.  At this point the teacher will divide the class into four groups; each group will receive a designated section of the handout to highlight important information.
  3. After about ten to fifteen minutes, reconvene as a class.  We will list on the board some key aspects from each groups section of the court case.  As a class we are only discussing some key aspects because the teachers would like to observe what students understood to be important from the case without being told.
  4. Teachers will show the students a model of what type of information should be included.  Students will be asked to reconvene with their designated groups.  Teachers will ask one representative from each group to gather the materials needed.
  5. Posters are created by students.  Teachers will walk around to observe and assist students as needed.

Conclusion: “Remember boys and girls this important case we talked about.  Can someone tell me why it is important for The Bill of Rights to protect the rights of individuals?”    



Handout will be given to accommodate all students.  Groups will consist of different functioning levels. (Not all advanced students will be in the same group)


Supreme Court/Bill Of Rights (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas) poster board


Poster Rubric




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