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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Two Interactive Copies of the Constitution for Constitution Day

Next Monday is Constitution Day in the United States. By law all schools that receive federal funds have to offer some instruction on on the Constitution. If you're looking for some activities to do with your students on Constitution Day, consider having your students explore one of the following interactive displays of the Constitution.

The Constitution Center's website features the U.S. Constitution divided into easily searchable sections. From the main page you can select and jump to a specific article or amendment. What I really like about the site is that you can choose an issue like privacy, civil rights, or health care and see how those issues are connected to the Constitution. The Constitution Center offers an extensive list of lesson plans for each of the Constitution's articles and amendments. Select an article or amendment then scroll to the bottom of the page to find the lesson plans. Alternatively, you can find all of the lesson plans listed here.

C-SPAN Classroom has a section called Constitution Clips. On Constitution Clips you will find the entire text of the U.S. Constitution. Within the text there are links to videos that are related to each article and amendment. The videos are a mix of scholars talking, news clips, and documentary clips. When you click on one of the links you will be directed to a page that contains the corresponding video. Below each video there are links to additional resources including lesson plans.