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U.S. Constitution Resources for Teachers

The U.S. Constitution was adopted by delegates at the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, so U.S. Constitution Week fall on September 17–23 each year. Use the printables, references, and lessons below to examine the significance of this document in American history. Teach your students about its writing and explore the meaning of democracy with cross-curricular activities for elementary, intermediate, and high school students. There are resources on the Bill of Rights and other constitutional amendments to help educate students of all ages about their civil rights.

Printables

The Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
The Bill of Rights
"The Great Compromise" & The Constitutional Convention
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
USA PATRIOT Act – Security vs. Privacy
Consensus & The Articles of Confederation
More U.S. Constitution Printables

U.S. Constitution Resources for Language Arts

All About the Boston Tea Party
The Executive Branch Crossword Puzzle
Class Constitution and U.S. Constitution: Background and Preamble
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
More U.S. Constitution Resources for Language Arts

U.S. Constitution Holiday Activities

The Executive Branch Crossword Puzzle
Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Articles of Confederation
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
The Nineteenth Amendment
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
More U.S. Constitution Holiday Activities

Lesson Plans

Is It Constitutional?
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights

Constitutional Law Resources

What Happens When People Break the Law?
Civil Disobedience
U.S. Impeachment

References

Three Branches of Government Summary
Amendments to the Constitution: Voting
Know Your Rights
President George Washington Biography
How a Bill Becomes a Law in the U.S.
The Constitutional Convention and Preamble
President James Madison Biography
More U.S. Constitution References

U.S. Constitution Resources for History Class

The Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
All About the Boston Tea Party
Is It Constitutional?
Jean Fritz's American History Books
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Iroquois Confederacy: Seed for the U.S. Constitution
More U.S. Constitution Resources for History Class

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