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September 16

Constitution Day is observed today in the U.S.

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Constitution Day is observed today in the U.S.

Grades 6 – 12
Calendar Activity Type Historical Figure & Event

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

 

Since it became a national observance in 2004, Constitution Day has commemorated the date of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. Constitution Day offers students a chance to learn about this important document, from the Preamble to the seven articles to the twenty-seven amendments.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

 

 

Help students deepen their understanding of one aspect of The U.S. Constitution by asking them to explore The Interactive Constitution. From the section on the articles, students can choose from among the Preamble, the branches of government, and more. Alternately, they can explore each of the twenty-seven Amendments (currently the first fifteen amendments are fully developed). Each section provides a common interpretation followed by Constitutional scholars’ discussion of a debatable issue.

Let pairs or small groups choose what they will learn about. After they read and discuss the entry, direct them to the Trading Card Creator, where they will select the Abstract Concept template. After they complete their Card, have groups present informally to share what they have learned.

WEBSITES

 

 
  • Constitution Day | National Constitution Center

    The online presence of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, this site offers background about the Constitution as well as lesson plans, activities, and resources.

     

  • Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

    More appropriate for older students, this collection of official government documents and journal articles can enhance inquiry into the nature and function of the Constitution.

     

  • Observing Constitution Day

    This site of the National Archives offers activities designed around artifacts from their collection, as well as a link to their document-based workshop on teaching the Constitution.

     

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