Supreme Interpreters

Constitutional Rights

You probably know that in the United States, you  have rights. You probably even know what some of those rights are. But did you know where they come from? The United States Constitution is the official rulebook for the U.S. government. It tells how the government works — and it also lists some of the key rights that citizens have. Let’s find two of them right now! 

Follow the link to see a transcript of the Bill of Rights. These are the first ten amendments that were added to the Constitution.

Scroll down until you find Amendment I. It says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the ____________, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Scroll down more to find Amendment VIII. (That’s 8.) It says “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor ___________ inflicted.”

Response Question: 
  • Write the phrases that go in the two blanks above.
  • Do these rights sound familiar?
  • Do you see any explanation of what these phrases mean?
Response not required