A Day for the Constitution
Whether you are spending one class session examining the U.S. Constitution for Constitution Day this September 17th or more, our lesson activities have you covered. Here you will find questions, videos, and access to materials that can be amended and implemented to teach a Constitution Day lesson. An introduction and warm-up are provided, followed by three separate activities that can be used on their own or combined depending on the time allotted for Constitution Day. The lesson includes reflection questions and prompts for closure.
What is the difference between the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
What does “a more perfect union” mean?
What is the proper role of government when establishing and protecting rights?
How is the U.S. Constitution relevant to daily living?
What has the Constitution meant for democracy around the world?
To what extent does the system of checks and balances provide for effective government?
What should the next Amendment to the U.S. Constitution be?
Analyze primary and secondary sources representing conflicting points of view to determine the proper role of government regarding the rights of individuals.
Analyze primary and secondary sources representing conflicting points of view to determine the Constitutionality of an issue.
Assess the short and long-term consequences of decisions made during the writing of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Compare the components of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights with the Constitutions of other nations.
Evaluate contemporary and personal connections to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Compose a reflection and assessment of the significance of Constitution Day and the U.S. Constitution.