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U.S. Government: the Constitution

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Constitution Day - September 17

PUBLIC LAW 108–447—DEC. 8, 2004 gives us our teaching mandate: 

“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. “.

Start here: government docs curated by Government Documents Librarians: Constitution DAY

For some teaching ideas check out: The Library as the Center of Civics Conversations: Let's Celebrate Constitution Day


The Constitution of the U.S.

The National Constitution Center
Interactive Constitution
Lots of interaction with Constitutional scholars


DOCS TEACH  about the Constitution. 
Find primary sources on Constitutionally related topics such as: 

Checks and Balances
Slavery and the Constitution

There are more topics with all including diary entries, posters, documents, letters, cartoons and more. 

Activities included for topics such as women's suffrage, prohibition, checks & blances...and again, so much more.

Facts and more about the founding documents

 Sponsors of the Constitution Day Poster Contest along with the Government Information for Children Committee, this site offers transcripts of the founding documents, explanations, quizzes, and interesting facts about those documents. 

Constitutional Convention

Unraveling the Constitutional Convention


Challenge yourself and your students

 Match the document to the amendment.  It takes time and patience to go through the documents - and there are some that might catch you up!!

Older students might enjoy the challenge, younger students can work together: 

NARA Constitution Workshop

Founding Documents

There are many portals into the founding documents. Here are some that specifically share and/or transcribe them:

National Archives

Library of Congress

U.S. Senate

Cornell Law School

Voice of America (VOA) Learning English

The Constitution in Espanol