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Pennsylvania Projects - Citizen Rights of Pennsylvania and the United States Activity Printer version

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Constitution use this online document to answer the questions.

1. Article 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution describes a ....

 

2. In the Constitution of the United States, these concerns are addressed under the ......

 

Compare a citizen's rights under each document.
Fill in the columns with the rights of citizen's according to the Pennsylvania Constitution
and the Constitution of the United States. You may summarize the statement.
For example, you may enter: Freedom of Reading or the Right to own People.

Techie tip - Use Google's define feature to help you grasp some of the challenging language.
Open a second web browser window. Go to Google enter in the search box define: the word or phrase
Example define:republic. Once you get the needed information, return to the first web browser page.

Use a table/spreadsheet to organize your answers.

Pennsylvania Constitution Declaration of Rights

 

 

 

Extras:

As a citizen of Pennsylvania and the United States you have many rights.

Under which document do you have greater rights?

 

Which one of these rights would you be willing to forfeit? Why?

 

The US Constitution's Bill of Rights was proposed September 25, 1789.
How long did it take for Pennsylvania to ratify the Bill of Rights?

 

"I know some say, "Let us have good laws, and no matter for the men that execute them"; but let them consider that, though good laws do well, good men do better, for good laws may want good men and be abolished or evaded by ill men; but good men will never
want good laws, nor suffer ill ones." William Penn FRAME OF GOVERNMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA 1682

You might prefer to make a compare/contrast diagram to complete this task - How to make a diagram using a computer

Extend your thinking:

Goodbye Bill Of Rights! - Students will enact a scene demonstrating life without one of the first ten amendments.

Power of the people in the U.S. Constitution

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Posted 1/2006 by Cynthia J. O'Hora This work is released to the public domain 1/2/2006

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Aligned with the following Pa Academic Standards - History

8.1. Historical Analysis and Skills Development B. Explain and analyze historical sources. D. Describe and explain historical research.
8.2. Pennsylvania History B. Identify and analyze primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in Pennsylvania history from 1787 to Present.

Civics and Government - 5.1. Principles and Documents of Government B. Explain the importance of the rule of law for the protection of individual rights and the common good in the community, state, nation and world. D. Explain the basic principles and ideals within documents of Pennsylvania government. PA Constitution, PA Declaration of Rights F. Contrast the individual rights created by the Pennsylvania Constitution and those created by the Constitution of the United States. J. Describe how the government protects individual and property rights and promotes the common good.

5.2. Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship B. Explain the relationship between rights and responsibilities.
E. Identify examples of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

5.3. How Government Works C. Explain how government actions affect citizens' daily lives. G. Describe how the government protects individual rights. Presumption of Innocence, Right to Counsel, Trial by Jury, Bill of Rights.

Aligned with the National Standards for Civics and Government