Countdown to Constitution Day
by Damon Huss
Constitution Day approaches! Every September 17 is officially Constitution Day, a day when all educational institutions that receive federal funding are mandated to have programming that educates about the nation’s constitutional heritage. At CRF, we’ve been posting free lessons on our Facebook page in a series called “Countdown to Constitution Day.”
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CRF also has dedicated a page to free resources that you can use for Constitution Day at your school, including lessons for elementary, middle, and high school. Click here for access.
From the page:
Boston Plays (Grades 3-5)
Students take part in a series of imaginative plays illustrating the lack of various rights during the American Revolutionary War period and then identify those rights in the actual Bill of Rights.
A More Perfect Union (Grades 5-12–Slideshow) Students view a slideshow outlining events leading to the U.S. Constitution and participate in a discussion activity on “enduring questions.”
The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (Secondary)
Students read an article on the struggle for separation of church and state and participate in a hypothetical debate between James Madison and Patrick Henry on the issue.
The Major Debates of the Constitutional Convention (Secondary)
Students read an article on the major issues and compromises tackled during the Constitutional Convention and participate as commission members in discussing representation in the modern U.S. Senate.