Resources for Teaching the Constitution

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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 Action

In 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)

Teaching Privacy in the 21st Century

—Odette Edbrooke and Meg Leta Ambrose, Social Education, September 2012
This article is a free PDF. See other Constitution lessons listed in the Table of Contents of that issue. Get access to them all by becoming a member of NCSS.

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.

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

The following articles are available to NCSS members. In addition to these articles, NCSS members can access many "Looking at the Law" columns that deal with constitutional issues, as well as the full NCSS Journal Archives

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).

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Population Estimates Used by Congress during the Constitutional Convention

-Lee Ann Potter Social Education, September 2006.

Constitution Day: Start the School Year with Civics

-Eli Lesser Social Education, September 2006

An Internet Guide to Teaching the Constitution

-C. Frederick Risinger Social Education, September 2005.

Living Democracy: How Constitution High School Molds Better Citizens

-Marc Brasoff Social Education (September 2009).

What Having Students 'Write the Constitution' Taught Me

-Thomas Ladenburg Middle Level Learning (May/June 2008).

Frederick Douglass, The Constitution and Slavery: A Classroom Debate

-Vanessa Rodriguez Middle Level Learning (September 2008).

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