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Amendment Description In your own words/Real life


1 Freedom of religion, speech, press, The government is not allowed to

petition, and assembly. prosecute me for my opinions,
publishing my opinions, attending
a protest, criticizing the
government, or practicing religion.

2 Right to bear arms and keep a I have the right to own and use
militia. arms in order to keep the security
of a free state and my freedom.

3 Prohibits soldiers from temporarily A soldier can not stay in my home

residing in private homes during without my explicit permission and
peacetime without getting the consent.
permission and consent of the

4 The right of the people to be An authority figure can not search

secure in their persons, houses, me against my will without a
papers, and effects, against warrant with probable cause.
unreasonable searches and
seizures, shall not be violated, and
no Warrants shall issue, but upon
probable cause, supported by Oath
or affirmation, and particularly
describing the place to be
searched, and the persons or things
to be seized.

5 It creates a number of rights I have the right to a jury, I can not

relevant to both criminal and civil be tried again after being proven
legal proceedings. In criminal innocent, and I can not self
cases, the Fifth Amendment incriminate myself. Thus I can
guarantees the right to a grand plead the fifth, and not self
jury, forbids “double jeopardy,” incriminate myself by giving
and protects against self- evidence to law enforcement. The
incrimination. It also requires that government also has to
“due process of law” be part of any compensate me when they take
proceeding that denies a citizen away my private property.
“life, liberty or property” and
requires the government to
compensate citizens when it takes
private property for public use.

6 The right to trial When you are accused of a crime,

you have the right to a legal trial
7 The right to a jury trial in civil You have the right to a trial by jury
matters of $20 and over.

8 The right to fair fines and bail. No If you are incriminated you still
cruel and unusual punishment have to be fairly treated by the
judicial system

9 Individual Rights. Rights that are For example, rights such as

not in the constitution are still healthcare and education
rights given to citizens.

10 State Rights. Any right not If it is not federal law then the
given in the constitution is given states can decide
to the states to legislate.

14 Grants citizenship to all persons For example I am born in the US

born or naturalized in the United so I am a citizen
States including former slaves and
guaranteed all citizens equal
protection of the laws

19 The right of citizens of the United I am a woman so I can vote

States to vote shall not be denied
or abridged by the United States or
by any State on account of sex.