Get Ready for Constitution Day 2023
(You have to teach about the Constitution in September!)
Happy 236th Anniversary to "We, the People"!
(Nerdy sidebar: Want a bit of an academic take on the history of Constitution Day? Check out "What Constitution Day Means and Why It Matters" from Social Education.)
There is no mandated curriculum for Constitution Day---you get to design what works for you and your students. The resources below are intended to help schools and teachers plan these learning experiences about how our system of government works.
Free K-12 Lesson Plans & Activities
Library of Congress’s Constitution Day Teacher Resources (primary sources, interactives for teachers, discussion questions, lesson plans, online collections, stories for kids)
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History's Constitution Day Resources (historical documents, videos, online exhibitions, and lesson plans)
Constitution Day Made Easy for Elementary!
Attend to Issues of Justice
Whose "More Perfect Union"?
This free Constitutional Convention role play activity from the Zinn Education Project helps to surface these questions.
Lesson: Voting & Voter Suppression (like literacy tests)
Check out this lesson (designed for middle school students) published in Social Education, a publication of the National Council for the Social Studies.
"Show students that while voting is a constitutional right, it is vulnerable to being manipulated away from certain segments of society through the passage of laws, and that this loss of voting rights leads to a loss of political power for those groups. Invite students to look critically at the history of voter suppression, and to keep a historical framework in mind when analyzing whether current voting laws in certain states have affected some classes of citizens more than others."
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