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Aug. 17, 2017 - Schools Encouraged to Participate in Statewide Bill of Rights Rap

by OFE | 2017-08-25 16:50:52

Students from Teresa Potter’s SEARCH gifted and talented class at Fisher Elementary School in Moore are featured on an instructional video performing the Bill of Rights Rap. The video is part of a statewide Bill of Rights Rap project to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 15. For more information, visit www.BillofRightsRap.org.

            Fifth-grade classes across Oklahoma are encouraged to perform the Bill of Rights Rap on Friday, Sept. 15, to celebrate Constitution Day.

            The Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence are co-sponsoring the third annual Bill of Rights Rap Project to provide a fun and memorable way to learn about the Constitution. The project targets fifth-graders as part of their American history curriculum but is open to students of all ages. The rap song was written by Barbara and Jim Bongard for Scholastic Instructor Magazine as a teaching tool to help students remember the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.

            “It’s a really good way for kids to learn something that could be really hard,” said Comanche seventh-grader Sophia Marsh. Her former elementary teacher, Linette Simpson, said her students enjoy the rap song, memorize it and really understand what it means. “As a result of this event, they really know about the Bill of Rights and what Constitution Day is all about.”

            A video and lyrics to the Bill of Rights Rap are available online at www.BillofRightsRap.org. Teachers are encouraged to register on the website to help track and publicize participating schools. The video features students from Teresa Potter’s SEARCH gifted and talented class at Fisher Elementary School in Moore. The website also offers links to Constitution Day resources and lesson plans.

            “Songs are a great teaching tool and help students learn and retain concepts that they might otherwise forget,” said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.  “We hope the Bill of Rights Rap will become a shared learning experience for young Oklahomans to help them understand the importance of the Constitution in our daily lives.”

            Constitution Day, a federal observance, is normally held on September 17 to mark the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday.

            For more information, contact Brenda Wheelock at the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence at (405) 236-0006.