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   Constitution Day

Legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year.  This Congressional initiative is authorized by Section 111 of Division J of Pub. L. 108-447, the ``Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,'' Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Section 111).   

  Section 111(b) states ``each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.''

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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
Info on the passing of Constitution Day.


 First Amendment Center
The First Amendment Center works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms through information and education. The center serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues, including freedom of speech, of the press and of religion, and the rights to assemble and to petition the government.  Lessons, articles, and more!

  Youth Leadership 
Excellent lessons on Government and the Constitution.

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 Constitution.


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 Constitution.


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
High School This site offers four lessons about the Constitution.

The Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History
High School This site offers a teaching module on the Constitution.

Justice Learning 
Middle – High School This site offers two free programs on DVD/CD and via the web: “Conversations with Supreme Court Justices” and “Justice Talking”, a debate. Materials and curricula that complement the programs will be available on the website. 

The Library of Congress http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/lessons/theme.html
High School

This site offers lessons on the Constitution. 

The National Archives http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/constitution.html
All This site offers images and transcripts of the Constitution as well as links to the Amendments, an article on the Constitutional Convention and questions and answers pertaining to the Constitution. http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day/index.html
Middle – High School The National Archives also shares information to use with Constitution Day, including links to information about each of the 39 signers and a simulation of the Constitutional Convention 

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. 

The White House
Elementary This site contains links to Constitution facts, quizzes, and other resources for children.




Info, pictures, lessons, and activities on the constitution for teachers.


Justice Learning


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


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