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What resources will you use to discuss the Constitution with your students on September 17th?

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How many of you are aware that September 17th is officially designated as Constitution Day?

This year, the Constitution is 226 years young. What a great opportunity for educators to discuss civic responsibility, rights and privileges, and other freedoms afforded by this document. This special day was designated by Congress on December 8, 2004.

 

The mandate for this Public Law states that U.S. educators at every level (pre-K through college) and every discipline, stop and take a few minutes of their class time on the 17th to discuss this incredible document with their students.

 

  • Ask your students if they understand the Preamble.
  • Check to see if they know their First Amendment Rights.
  • Have a brief discussion about why the Constitution was written, under what circumstances, and how it became the Supreme Law of the Land.

 

If you would like some assistance in locating applicable materials to share with your students, I direct you to the following sources:

 

National Archives Celebrates Constitution Day With "Inside the Vaults" (2:30 Video Short)

Constitution Day: Preamble (in English and Spanish)

ConSource: Videos on Hall Pass (3 branches of government)

ICivics: (Webpage on Constitution developed by Sandra Day O'Conner)

 

What resources will you use to discuss the Constitution with your students on September 17th?

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