Resources for Teaching the Constitution
What Constitution Day Means and Why It Matters
Constitution Day offers an opportune time for students to explore the evolution of the founding document and examine its provisions for citizens’ rights and rules of government.
"What Constitution Day Means and Why It Matters" Social Education, September 2014
Writing a School Constitution: Representative Democracy in ActionIn the September/October 2014 Social Studies and the Young Learner, Lorraine S. McGarry and Donnan M. Stoicovy describe how their school's annual "town hall meetings" to start the school year led to a C3-aligned project during which students wrote a code of rights and responsibilities, which included the authentic experiences of electing representatives and holding a constitutional convention. Read the Article (pdf)
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Resolution and Letter to Congress from the Constitutional Convention-Lee Ann Potter Social Education, September 2005,
The First Act of Congress-Lee Ann Potter Social Education (Nov/Dec 2004).
Lesson Plans on the Constitution-Stacie Fieth and Neil Deason Social Education, September 2005.
- Private v. Public Rights (High School)
- It’s My Right (Middle Grades)
- No Time for Teas (Elementary Grades 35)
Teaching with Documents
The First Page of the Official Journal of the Constitutional Convention—Just the Tip of a Records Iceberg!Lee Ann Potter, Social Education, September 2012
Other Online Resources
- American Bar Association
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Center for Civic Education
- Constitutional Rights Foundation
- EdSitement-National Endowment for the Humanities
- National Archives Foundation Docs Teach
- National Constitution Center
- First Amendment Center
The Constitutional Amendment Process-Kahlil Chism Social Education (Nov/Dec 2005).
The Words We Live By: The Constitution in Context-Linda Monk Social Education (Nov/Dec 2003).