Constitution

  • Constitution Annotated: The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. The Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution's provisions.
  • Articles of Confederation contains information about the first constitution of the United States and also high-resolution scans.
  • Preamble is a song and cartoon that helps students memorize the introduction to the Constitution.
  • Constitutional Topic: The Preamble breaks down and explains the phrases of the introduction.
  • Diagramming the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States diagrams the entire sentence to identify the key terms.
  • Preamble is an essay by Forrest McDonald that explains the history and meaning of the introduction to the Constitution.
  • Annotated Constitution of the United States displays a side by side Constitution with an Explanation of the meaning of each section.
  • The Heritage Guide to the Constitution Teaching Companion has numerous lessons to help students better understand the Constitution.
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services requires all immigrants to pass a civics test for American citizenship. All Americans should know the answers to the 100 question Civics Test before graduating high school.
  • Take the Test: What We Don't Know is a Newsweek article that offers a quiz of the 100 question American Civics Test.
  • Charters of Freedom is maintained by the National Archives and contains high quality images and accurate transcriptions of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.
  • Founders' Constitution is a collection of "thoughts, opinions, and arguments of the Founders" that will further help constitutional studies.
  • USConstitution.net provides a lot of text-based information about the United States Constitution and links to State constitutions.
  • National Center for Constitutional Studies has many resources related to the Constitution, the Founders, and the foundations of liberty.
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation publishes an excellent quarterly newsletter that has lessons about world, U.S., and government. Numerous issues are archived on this site in the PDF format.
  • United States Census State and County QuickFacts provides current population and demographic data.
  • Census 2010: Gains and Losses in Congress shares State congressional representation changes from 1920 to 2010 using an interactive map of the United States.
  • 2020 Presidential Election Map provides a great tool to better understand how the Electoral College works to elect the President of the United States.
  • Electoral College is a four-minute video produced and hosted by the History Channel explaining how the president is elected.
  • What is the Electoral College? explains how the system works and is a section hosted by the National Archives.
  • Courts in the Classroom is an interactive site that uses Flash pictures and animations to explain concepts about civics and the judicial branch.
  • Founding and Fathers contains numerous primary source documents that established the United States.
  • Political Parties is a rap video by Smart Songs that teaches concepts about factions, Federalists, Democratic-Republicans, Republicans, Democrats, and third parties.
  • Icivics has a variety of high interest constitutional learning games for students to play.
  • Smart Voter is a site that shares information about all candidates, propositions, and other voting information.
  • Constitution Center has an interactive game in which Lincoln shares information about choices he had to make related to slavery and running for elected office.
  • Faces means "bundle" and is a bundle of wooden sticks with an axe blade emerging from the center, which symbolizes power and jurisdiction through strength and unity.
  • Institute for Justice shares numerous legal cases dealing with Economic Liberty, Private Property, School Choice, and First Amendment issues to bring public awareness how the importance of the Bill of Rights.
  • Longest Serving Senators compiles the current list of 25 that includes the Senator, Dates of Service, and total Length of Service.
  • Members With 40 Years or More House Service has a list of the 28 Members who have served for this length of time and includes their Party, State, Days in Office, Years in Office, and Start Date.
  • List of United States state legislatures provides information about the terms used for the legislative branches of all 50 states.