The New Jersey State Bar Foundation publishes many stand-alone civics publications that can be found and downloaded (PDF format) from its Publication Page (open the Civics Toggle). With the Bill of Rights Up Close, a newsletter that takes a deep dive into the Bill of Rights, and Beyond the Bill of Rights, which covers amendments 11 through 27, we’ve got you covered from the First Amendment to the last. Educators can use our Publication Order Form to order hard copies of these publications. NJSBF will provide as many FREE copies as they need for their students.
Here’s a description of what’s available:
The Bill of Rights Up Close
The Bill of Rights Up Close is a 28-page newsletter, geared toward middle and high school students, that takes a deep dive into the Bill of Rights. The newsletter contains 13 articles, including four that focus on separate clauses of the First Amendment. All articles contain glossary words and discussion questions. NOTE: The individual articles contained in The Bill of Rights Up Close can be found on The Informed Citizen, NJSBF’s civics blog.
Beyond the Bill of Rights
Beyond the Bill of Rights is a 24-page newsletter that focuses on the 17 amendments added to the U.S. Constitution after the Bill of Rights was passed in 1791. The newsletter, which contains glossary words and discussion questions, is geared toward middle and high school students. In addition to the 10 articles that outline amendments 11 through 27, the newsletter contains a bonus article titled “Does the Constitution Need a Re-Write?” NOTE: The individual articles contained in Beyond the Bill of Rights can be found on The Informed Citizen, NJSBF’s civics blog.
Bill of Rights Bulletin
The Bill of Rights Bulletin is a 24-page newsletter, geared toward students in grades 5 and up. The newsletter is packed with articles on the amendments contained in the Bill of Rights, as well as crossword puzzles, word searches, constitutional trivia, facts about our Founding Fathers and much more.
Constitutionally New Jersey
Constitutionally New Jersey is a 12-page newsletter devoted exclusively to the New Jersey Constitution. This newsletter is only available as a download from our website.