Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Being an American Essay Contest and Lesson Plan

The Bill of Rights Institute is currently hosting an essay contest for high school students. The contest asks students to write an essay (1000 words max) about the following question, "how does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?" Cash prizes of up to $1000 will be awarded in five U.S. regions. You can find the contest rules here. Entries are due by December 15.

Applications for Education
Even if you don't have students write for the contest, you might want to take advantage of the free lesson plan designed around contest question. The lesson plan uses a mix of historical and current events to prompt thinking about the Constitution and civil liberties.