Constitution Day Resources
Public Law 108-447 which passed in 2005 requires all educational institutions that receive federal funds to teach the United States Constitution on September 17 or the closest school day if it falls on a weekend.
The law also requires that educators must be provided with the necessary resources and teaching materials in order to fulfill the mandate. The resources listed below will be useful in building your Constitution Day lessons.
The Constitution Center has lots of resources available for teachers and students.
Use the scholarly, nonpartisan Interactive Constitution
View the newest episodes of the Constitution Hall Pass video lesson series
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On September 17, 1787, the final draft of the Constitution was signed by 39 delegates. The document was then sent to the states for ratification, and went into effect on June 21, 1788 when New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.
In celebration of Constitution Day, the Library of Congress has compiled a variety of materials from across its collections. Explore these rich resources and features to learn more about one of America's most important documents.
22 Schools have access to True Flix online books and school libraries have the hard copy of these books. Within True Flix, there is a U.S. Government section with a book entitled The Constitution of the United States. You will not be required to login if you are at school. If you need access from home, check the TPSS Resources Blackboard class or your Bits & Bytes Newsletter for that login information.
Discovery Education has a wealth of videos, lesson plans and activities on Constitution Day. Login to Discovery Education with your Discovery Ed username and password. If you don’t know what that is contact your Instructional Technology Facilitator for that information. Once you get logged into Discovery Education click on this link and you’ll find more on Constitution Day that you will ever have time to teach.
The Constitution isn’t just a document behind glass at the National Archives; it’s discussed, debated, and referenced every day in the news, on Social Media, and popular culture. Help your students understand this iconic document with iCivics games, lesson plans, and activities- all collected in one place for Constitution Day 2015 and beyond.
This Constitution Day, iCivics is teaming up with Discovery Education to host a Virtual Viewing Party, Constitution Day 2019: Find Your Voice. The viewing party will allow students to explore the U.S. Constitution, examine the rights it guarantees, and investigate ways they can participate in civic life through three thematic videos and related classroom activities. It is free, and will be on-demand on September 17.
Keith Hughes, the face of Hip Hughes History, has a long playlist of videos about the U.S. Constitution. His playlist includes an overview of the Constitutional Convention, videos about each section of the Constitution, and videos about most of the amendments to the Constitution.
September 17th is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The following lessons, activities, and other resources will help your students understand the men and the ideas that created the Constitution of the United States.
The Constitution is the most important document in the United States. It establishes the American government and our position as a democracy. The Constitution also lays out our freedoms as Americans. The U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787, and it has been the basis of other democracies around the world. The Constitution is also known as a "living document" because it grows and changes as America and its people grow and change.
Do you know your rights? You can learn about them here, in this special collection of Constitution games, articles, and activities.