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?