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25 Great Lesson Plans for Constitution Day

Any of the following 25 lesson plans would provide an excellent entry point into a classroom discussion about the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the rights that it protects.  learn more

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Anniberg Classroom: Lesson Plans Archives

Most of these lessons are based on Annenberg Classroom videos. Teachers may contact info@annenbergclassroom.org to get the Teacher’s Key for the lesson plans. Teachers will also find lessons for teaching critical thinking skills.  learn more

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Bill of Rights Institute Lessons

Primary-source-based, ready-to-use lesson plans for history, government, and civics classrooms  learn more

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C-SPAN Classroom: Constitution Day and Constitutional Change

National Constitution Center President & CEO Jeffrey Rosen discussed the significance of Constitution Day, constitutional issues in the news, and the importance of civics education.  learn more

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C-SPAN Classroom: Lesson Plans

This section of the website is designed to enhance social studies curriculums by providing teachers with structured lesson plans that examine a variety of topics and are supplemented with video clips of related C-SPAN programming. Our lessons are separated into categories commonly studied in social studies curriculums. Our lessons contain an overview, vocab words, suggested…  learn more

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Celebrating Constitution Day

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through our public programs, family activities, and online resources.  learn more

Center for Civic Education: Teacher Resources

The Center for Civic Education helps students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. To fulfill this mission, the Center develops high-quality curricular materials, provides exceptional professional development for teachers, and advocates for stronger civic education in the United States and emerging democracies.  learn more

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Center for Civic Education: Voting and Elections

Every two years, in between presidential elections, American voters take part in midterm elections. All members of the House of Representatives, one-third of the senators, and many of our states’ governors are elected during the midterms. That is in addition to the numerous county, district, and local offices on the ballot. Additionally, the midterm elections,…  learn more

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Civic for Education: Constitution Day Lesson Plans

September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Federal…  learn more

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Civic Renewal Project

The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation’s schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the Civics Renewal Network site, teachers can find the best resources of these organizations, searchable…  learn more

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Civics in Digital Life: Lesson Plans for Grades 8-12

Free lessons and activities to spark students' curiosity, critical thinking, and civic engagement. With our Civics in Digital Life lessons, you can help your students consider important topics that cut across news and media literacy, digital citizenship, social and emotional learning (SEL), and civics. Designed for upper-middle school and high school students, these learning activities…  learn more

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Commemorating Constitution Day: Teacher's Guide

September 17th is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787 when, at the end of a long hot summer of discussion, debate, and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America’s most important document.  Check out the lesson plans below.  learn more

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Congressional Elections and Midterm Elections

Congressional elections determine who represents your state in in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. They also decide which political party will hold a majority in each chamber of Congress for the next two years.  learn more

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Constitution 101 Curriculum: High School

Constitution 101 is a 15-unit asynchronous, semester-long curriculum that provides students with a basic understanding of the Constitution’s text, history, structure, and caselaw. Drawing on primary source documents from our new, curated online Founders’ Library—containing over 170 historical texts and over 70 landmark Supreme Court cases selected by leading experts of different perspectives—students will study the historical…  learn more

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Constitution Center: Classroom Resource Library

The National Constitution Center brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution.  learn more

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Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Day). This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.  learn more

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Constitution Day September 17th

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.  learn more

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Digital Citizenship Course

CyberCivics Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology  learn more

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Electoral College Fast Facts

Established in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the Electoral College is the formal body which elects the President and Vice President of the United States. Each state has as many "electors" in the Electoral College as it has Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress, and the District of Columbia has…  learn more

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Engaging Congress

What is Engaging Congress? Engaging Congress is a FREE, fun, interactive game that uses primary source documents to explore the basic tenets of representative government and the challenges they face in contemporary society. Learning Objectives: Students will be able to explain the central idea of a primary source, accurately summarize the key details and ideas in a primary source, evaluate…  learn more

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iCivic: The Constitution

The Constitution Students will learn how our Constitution was created and what some of its key characteristics are. They will also explore key amendments to the Constitution and their application in protecting citizens' rights. Planning to celebrate Constitution Day with your students? Find our most popular resources in this collection.  learn more

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iCivics Constitution Day Activities

Why is Constitution Day important to teach? Constitution Day, September 17, 2022, is an opportunity to engage students in the U.S. Constitution’s continued relevance. Use this day and the weeks leading up to teach students about the Constitution’s history, the rights students have, how those rights are protected, and how understanding their rights can help them…  learn more

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iCivics Lesson Plans for Teachers

Founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, iCivics re-imagines civic education for American democracy. With iCivics, nearly 10 million students learn about our government, the rule of law, and civic issues. We make civic education relevant to new generations of Americans through online games and innovative classroom resources—for free. Kick off the school year exploring what…  learn more

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iCivics: Election Headquarters

State, Local, and Midterm Election Resources Use these curated, non-partisan teaching resources to help students to learn about the local and federal midterm election processes, understand the power of their vote, and become active participants in our constitutional democracy. Election Lesson Plans Dive into our election curriculum with these print-and-go lesson plans that include simulations,…  learn more

iCivics: Free Lesson Plans & Games

Remote Learning Toolkit For Educators. Explore our free, easy-to-use games and lesson plans (ideal for Google Classroom, Nearpod, and more!) that will help you prioritize civic learning and keep your students engaged in a remote classroom.  learn more

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iCivics: The Constitution EXPLAINED

iCivics presents a comprehensive, short-form video series explaining the text, history, and relevance of the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and additional amendments. Our videos are assignable and end with call-to-action questions, prompting learners to further explore the topics covered in the video through a modern lens. Click on each category to see its related videos,…  learn more

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National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center brings innovative teaching tools to your classroom. Our unique approach to constitutional education emphasizes historic storytelling, constitutional rather than political questions, and the habits of civil dialogue and reflection. How We Teach the Constitution The National Constitution Center’s framework for learning integrates three main components: Historical Foundations through Storytelling; Constitutional Interpretation…  learn more

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National Voter Registration Day, Sept. 20th

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy. First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 4.7 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date. Celebrated every September, National Voter Registration Day involves volunteers and organizations from all over the country hitting the streets…  learn more

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OER Commons: We the People

The "We the People" Constitution Hub is a public digital collection of curated Civics and History resources. It is free with no subscription required. Educators have access to different lesson plans, many of which you can download in different formats or edit to fit your standards or objectives. You can also share and use lessons…  learn more

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PBS: MIDTERM ELECTIONS

Daily News Lessons. Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Classroom provides middle and high school students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events. Classroom’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I…  learn more

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Presidential Election Process

Learn about the presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.  learn more

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Resources for Educators and Students

The Educator's Toolkit The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) has several resources for educators and programs across all grade levels. The Educator’s Toolkit highlights the resources TYLA has created for educators. Several of these resources meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards, include viewing guides and/or curriculum materials and address important social issues that…  learn more

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Sandra Day O'Connor Institute

Our nation's first female Supreme Court justice and first female majority leader of any state legislative upper house, Justice O'Connor is a peerless trailblazer who has left a lasting impact on the history of the United States. Her legacy lives on through the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute, which she founded in 2009 to advance civil…  learn more

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Sandra Day O’Connor

Sandra Day O’Connor (born March 26, 1930, El Paso, Texas, U.S.), associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1981 to 2006. She was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court. A moderate conservative, she was known for her dispassionate and meticulously researched opinions. Smentkowski, Brian P.. "Sandra Day O’Connor". Encyclopedia Britannica, 12 Sep. 2022, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Sandra-Day-OConnor. Accessed 21 September…  learn more

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Sandra Day O’Connor: First Woman on the Supreme Court

As the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States, Sandra Day O’Connor became an inspiration to millions.  learn more

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Supreme Court Historical Society

Classroom Resources for Teachers and Students. The Supreme Court Historical Society is a private non-profit organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1974. The Society is dedicated to the collection and preservation of the history of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Society seeks to accomplish its mission by supporting historical research,…  learn more

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The Electoral College

National Archives.  In this process, the States (which includes the District of Columbia just for this process) elect the President and Vice President.  learn more

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The Interactive Constititution

National Constitution Center. Learn about the text, history, and meaning of the U.S. Constitution from leading scholars of diverse legal and philosophical perspectives.  learn more

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The National Archives: The Electoral College

It's a Process, not a Place. The Electoral College is how we refer to the process by which the United States elects the President.  learn more

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United State Capital Historical Society

United States Capitol Historical Society is a nonprofit and nonpartisan educational organization created in 1962 to promote the history of the Capitol and Congress. USCHS serves as an informational and educational resource for its members and the general public. We the People Constitution Tour: Video  learn more

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United States Electoral College

Britannica. Constitutionally mandated process for electing the U.S. president and vice president.  learn more

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US Constitution Day Activities

ConstitutionFacts.com is pleased to provide a series of free educational resources and Internet links to help educators comply with the new federal regulation requiring the development of student programming to celebrate U.S. Constitution Day on September 17th of each year. Celebrate Constitution Day with crossword puzzles, treasure hunts and words finds – and much more! Click on…  learn more