Encouraging Student Understanding of Negotiation and the Value of Notetaking during the 1787 Constitutional Convention
The two featured pages of James Madison’s handwritten notes from the Constitutional Convention can spark an engaging lesson on the different plans originally presented for structuring the U.S. government.
Lee Ann Potter, Social Education, September 2019
The National Archives has several programs to help teach about the Constitution, including an online archive for accessing and downloading countless primary documents, and also virtual classroom visits from an Archives educator.
Jenny Sweeney, Social Education, September 2019
Motivating Student Appreciation of the Federalist Papers with a Handwritten Note by Thomas Jefferson
An annotation by Thomas Jefferson in his copy of The Federalist can fuel intriguing questions for student exploration on The Federalist Papers and the meaning of the term federalist.
Kaleena Black, Social Education, September 2018
R. Z. Seitz and P. T. Chandler, MLL, Sept. 2016
—Odette Edbrooke and Meg Leta Ambrose, Social Education, September 2012
Lesson Plans using Documents from the Constitutional Convention
Social Education, September 2017 (See page 202)
by S.G. Grant, Kathy Swan, and John Lee
Three by 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 3–5)
The First Page of the Official Journal of the Constitutional Convention—Just the Tip of a Records Iceberg!
- American Lawyers Alliance
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Center for Civic Education
- Constitutional Rights Foundation
- EdSitement-National Endowment for the Humanities
- First Amendment Center
- National Archives Foundation Docs Teach
- National Constitution Center
The following articles are available to NCSS members. In addition to these articles, NCSS members can access many Lessons on the Law columns that deal with constitutional issues, as well as the full collection NCSS journal back issues.
-Kahlil Chism Social Education (Nov/Dec 2005).
-Linda Monk Social Education (Nov/Dec 2003).
-Eli Lesser Social Education, September 2006
-C. Frederick Risinger Social Education, September 2005.
-Marc Brasoff Social Education (September 2009).