EDISON, NJ -- Seventh graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison have engaged in an in-depth civics unit, examining the establishment of the U.S. government and the ways in which it functions under the Constitution. A major part of this undertaking was discussing and debate over our responsibilities as citizens in a participatory democracy: what role do we play as part of our government? What are our rights, and how does our Constitution and our government protect them and us? What does good government look like?

As part of their study of the U.S. government and Constitution, seventh graders dove deeply into the Bill of Rights, analyzing an amendment and creating an annotated illustration designed to explain the meaning and importance of each amendment. Students were tasked with selecting one of the ten Bill of Rights amendments and thinking deeply about them, then working to translate the historical documents into a more modern, conversational explanation. More importantly, they were asked to evaluate their amendment and discuss the significance and impact of the amendment on Americans today.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.

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