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In May of 2005 Congress passed a law stating that "every school and college must teach about the Constitution on September 17th, the day the document was adopted in 1787."

The following sites have excellent resources lesson plans, and book lists to help you and your school site prepare meaningful experiences for your students as they celebrate their citizenship and learn more about the American Constitution.

Be sure to check the outstanding video clips available in United Streaming under the Video Link section and the interactive lessons in Curriculum Pathways if you teach middle school or High School.



To view a larger image of the US Constitution at the National Archives


Constitution Day Portals

The following websites have created specific material and collected links to resources developed for Constitution Day celebrations.

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Videos and Live Programming

  • United Streaming has many outstanding video clips and projects that are perfect for instruction on Constitution Day. Navigate to http://www.unitedstreaming.com and login.  In the box titled "keyword" type in the word Constitution. Sort by age, grade, or standard. They have 38 video clips with blackline masters and teachers' guides. You'll also find excellent articles and digital copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Two of the videos also include student role playing projects and research. (Gambling and Judicial Review and You the Jury)
     

  • ITV Cable 16, NPR's Justice Talking and the New York Times Learning Network are hosting live programs and debates that will be available for classroom use to celebrate Constitution Day 2005. (September 16th)
     

  • Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer will talk about the Constitution with high school students at the Supreme Court. They will discuss why we need a constitution, what federalism is, how rights are defined and how separation of powers ensures that no one branch of government obtains too much power. For these resources and more visit: http://www.justicelearning.org

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Online Quizzes

  • The Congress for Kids web site has three short quizzes about general information about how our government works. After students take the quizzes they can take a tour of the federal government. After each section of the tour, there are interactive puzzles for students to test their learning.

  • Scholastic News.Com has an online "Do You Know Your Rights" Game for students to test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Scholastic also hosts an online "Constitution Quiz."  (There is a link to a print version as well.)

  • Visit Scholastic.com in collaboration with the National Constitution Center for an online scavenger hunt that introduces students to portions of the U.S. Constitution.

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