Writing Activities, Book Resources

If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution Writing Prompts

  • Grades: 3–5

Use these two essay prompts to encourage students to think more deeply about the roles that guidelines and rules play in both the classroom and the country as a whole.

Essay Question 1

The Bill of Rights was created to protect the basic freedoms of our nation's peoples. What kind of freedoms would you include in a Classroom Bill of Rights?

What kinds of freedoms might get in the way of learning and co-existing in the classroom?

Essay Question 2

If we did not have a set of rules or guidelines for the people of our country to follow, what would people do to maintain order?

What problems do you think would arise if our country had no rules?

  • Part of Collection:
  • Subjects:
    Cooperation and Teamwork, Democracy, Content Area Reading, Reading Response, Writing Prompts, Constitution and Bill of Rights, Law, Historic Documents, Historic Figures, Thirteen Colonies and Life
  • Skills:
    Reading Comprehension, Social Studies, Writing