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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.

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  • Game

    Sortify: U.S. Citizenship

    Test your knowledge of U.S. citizenship without getting out of sorts!
  • DBQuest

    The Constitution's Cover Letter

    In 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention decided that it was time for a change. A new plan for government was outlined in the Constitution, and it was George Washington's job to present this document to Congress. As with any important document, the Constitution was delivered with a letter of introduction. Part background, part persuasion, Washington's cover letter provides a behind-the-scenes look at how a new government came to be designed. 
  • DBQuest

    America's Founding Preambles

    Learn how the American idea of government evolved from a revolutionary response to monarchy to a unified nation. The sources will illustrate the effort taken to reach “a more perfect union” through a close read of our founding documents. Students will dig into the preambles and introductory text of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.  
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    Do I Have a Right? Extension Pack

    Make your students’ gameplay more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Do I Have a Right?. We included tips and practice that help make differentiated instruction a breeze. And, best of all, new instructional scaffolds now mean this lesson is adaptable for a wide range of learners!  Do I Have a Right? and its Extension Pack are correlated according to WIDA's methodology using the WIDA PRIME V2 Inventory. To see how these materials best meet your ELL students' needs, click here. (Note: PRIME stands for Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials…
  • Lesson Plan

    Volunteer Activity for Constitution Day

    This lesson guides volunteers through a great Constitution Day class activity. Enjoyed this activity? Find more Constitution Day resources in this collection.  *Note: One or more of the activities for this lesson is not compatible with Kami viewer at this time. Be sure to check the “Download Resources” button below to use these activities.
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    The "Federal" in Federalism

    Students learn where the federal government gets its power and that government power in the United States is split between states and the federal government. They learn about express and implied powers, distinguish between federal powers and those reserved to the states (as well as shared powers), and contrast the federalist system of government with other choices the Founders might have made.Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials below!We suggest teaching our lesson "State Power: Got a Reservation? back-to-back with this lesson. Partner Resources…
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    Anatomy of the Constitution

    This lesson gives an article-by-article overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Constitution. Students learn about the duties and powers of the three branches, the amendment process, and the role of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials below!   
  • Lesson Plan

    Constitution Day Lesson Plan

    Constitution Day is September 17, the day in 1787 when our U.S. government was born. Meet your Constitution Day education requirement with this free and engaging lesson plan. This interactive lesson gives students a quick snapshot of the Constitution, including the purpose of each article, the powers of the three branches, how a bill becomes a law, and the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances.
  • WebQuest

    Three Branches: Laws in Action

    The U.S. government is designed to make sure that no one person has all the power. Follow a law from start to finish and learn how each branch is involved!
  • Lesson Plan

    You've Got Rights!

    (This lesson was formerly "Bill of Rights: You Mean I've Got Rights?") Students learn about the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and other important constitutional amendments.Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials below!