111 requires that Constitution Day be held on September 17
of each year, commemorating the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution.
However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution
Day shall be held during the preceding or following week.
Federal legislation passed in the U.S. Congress
in 2004 mandates that all children have the opportunity to celebrate the
Constitution and Citizenship. This will be done K-12 through the social studies
classes. As a teacher, if you are responsible for social studies instruction you
are required to present a lesson on the Constitution or Citizenship during the
time period that you do social studies. 6-12 social studies specialists have
been informed of this during their department meetings this past Wednesday and
are currently busy planning a lesson.
Below you will find some websites for information.
Law Requires Lesson on Constitution
– Washington Post
First Amendment Center
The American Bar Association http://www.abanet.org/publiced/conversations/constitution/home.html
All This site offers "Conversations on
the Constitution", conversation starters and resources for discussions on
The Avalon Project: Yale Law School http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/usconst.htm
Middle – High School This site offers full
text documents of American History, including the Constitution.
The Bill of Rights Institute
Middle – High School This site
offers two Constitution Day lesson plans, one for middle school and one for high
school. It also offers a biographical essay and lesson about James Madison, a
lesson on and images of the Founders, and a lesson on the First Amendment.
The Center for Civic Education http://www.civiced.org/news/external/LessonsConstitutionDay.htm
All This site offers lessons for
Constitution Day for use at all grade levels.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation http://www.crf-usa.org/Foundation_docs/Foundation_home.html
Middle - High School This site offers
a series of free online lessons about the founding documents of our
Digital History http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/historyonline/handouts.cfm
High School This site offers classroom tested handouts and fact sheets on ratifying the Constitution and the Federalists.
The Dirksen Congressional Center http://www.congresslink.org/print_lp_contents.htm
The Library of Congress http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/theme.html
This site offers lessons on the
The National Archives http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution.html
The National Archives has the original
Constitution on permanent display in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom.
For the first time, National Archives programs in honor of Constitution Day,
September 17, will extend far beyond one day and far beyond the Rotunda to reach
thousands of citizens, teachers, and students nationwide.
National Constitution Center
Middle – High School This site provides
background on Constitution Day and links to many resources including an
Interactive Constitution and two tool kits for activities designed to fulfill
the requirements of the new law.
The U. S. Constitution Online
All This site is an excellent resource
for teachers of all grades.
Info, pictures, lessons, and activities on the constitution for teachers.
Find out what's new with Constitution Day, and how to get materials.
Resources for Observing Constitution Day including transcripts and images of the document itself.
For more information that
teachers can use, please