Gunston Hall

Just for Educators - Teacher Workshop on the Bill of Rights

August 15, 2018
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Just for Educators
Join staff from ConSource, the online constitutional sources project, and George Mason’s Gunston Hall for a day-long, hands-on exploration of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Bill of Rights. 
In the morning, ConSource’s executive directorJulie Silverbrook, will introduce participants to classroom materials about the Bill of Rights and will lead a discussion on contemporary issues related to the document. 
After lunch, the group will do a close reading of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and practice activities designed to help students learn about this important part of the Virginia constitution.  

primary source documents, and much more!

This program is offered free of charge, but registration is required.  Lunch is offered for a fee, please email Lacey Villiva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your lunch.

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ConSourceThis program is offered in partnership with the Constitutional Source Project, and is a part of the Choosing to Make a National Curriculum Project.  The Project, developed by award-winning author Ray Raphael, is a student-centered, primary source-rich approach to teaching about American history and our nation‘s founding documents. The lesson plans in this curriculum are premised on the idea that history is the chronicle of choices made by actors/agents/protagonists in specific contexts. Students understand choices – they make them all the time. These lessons involve students by placing them in the shoes of historical people and asking: “What might you do in such instances?”

The Constitutional Convention unit is now available for free download on the ConSource website. Other units will be published online once completed, and include: The Road to Revolution; The Declaration of Independence, The Revolutionary War; Articles of Confederation and State Constitutions; Ratification of the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; and the Constitution in Action.

Plan Your Day

George Mason's 18th-century home overlooks the Potomac River just 20 miles south of Washington, D.C. ,at 10709 Gunston Road in Mason Neck, Virginia. Parking is complimentary.

Educator check in will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Participants are able to earn re-certification hours.  Just for Educators is open to teachers at all levels.

Materials for Attendees

Translating the Virginia Declaration of Rights Worksheets

Thanks and Advice Cards

NPR on Emoluments
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