Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. On September 17, 1787, the founding fathers changed the course of American history – they signed the United States Constitution. This year marks the Constitution’s 226th anniversary! An understanding of the U.S. Constitution is key to good citizenship and the preservation of our government. Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties.
Impress your friends by memorizing the Preamble to the Constitution. Download and print a decorative copy of The Preamble, a memory activity, memorization tips, vocabulary, and more at www.knowledgehouse.info/ConstitutionMemorization.pdf. Print out a page of hand motions to go along with it at www.nccs.net/constitution-week/preamble.pdf.
Watch the award-winning movie, A More Perfect Union: America Becomes a Nation (1989, 112 min), a gripping account of the Federal Convention of 1787. Available on YouTube or purchase at Amazon. Highly recommended!
Get your community group or civic club to sponsor the distribution of a pocket-sized Constitution. Hand them out to family, friends, schools, co-workers. Whitten Printers produces a Citizens Rule Book which contains the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and quotes by Founding Fathers. It’s available for only $1.00 each or even less for quantity orders at www.homeschoolpatriot.com.
FREE! Online Courses:
www.nccs.net – The National Center for Constitutional Studies offers a FREE online course, Proclaim Liberty Throughout all the Land. This course contains 23 easy to understand lessons for anyone 14 and up who wants to learn about the United States Constitution as established by America’s Founders.
Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution – This FREE 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College follows closely the one-semester course required of all Hillsdale College undergraduate students. The online course consists of ten lectures examining the past, present, and future of the Constitution. Each pre-recorded lecture is approximately 40 minutes in length, and available to view at your convenience.
Visit the following websites for additional resources:
http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/constitution.html – Learn about the history of the Constitution and Constitution Day.
www.edhelper.com/Constitution_Day.htm – A whole page of fun worksheets and activities – including a play!
http://www.constitutionweekusa.com/index.cfm/resources – Educational resources including a family Constitution lesson. Plan on reading the lesson as a family, and doing the activities together. Make your home the foundation for freedom that it should be!
http://www.constitutionweekusa.com/cwusa/index.cfm/patriotic-activities-and-games – Try these games and other fun activities!
Celebrate the Constitution Game – Do you know your rights? Play this game or click on any of the links to learn more about the Constitution, with activities and lesson plans from Scholastic.
www.constitutionfacts.com – Find interesting insights into the men who wrote the Constitution, how it was created, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the United States Constitution in the two centuries since its creation.
http://www.nps.gov/inde/historyculture/stories.htm – Explore month by month the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
National Constitution Center – Explore an interactive online version of the Constitution. Find articles and amendments that relate to specific issues. Search for keywords in the text of the Constitution and read the in-depth explanations linked to it. The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
Center for Civic Education – The Center for Civic Education, in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, offers free lesson plans for Grades K-12 in observance of Constitution Day.
The Constitution: Primary Source Set – This site from the Library of Congress provides a Teacher’s Guide to the Constitution and classroom sets of primary source documents.
National Archives Teaching With Documents: Observing Constitution Day – The National Archives and Records Administration commemorates our nation’s history with resources focused on our country’s founding documents.
https://sites.google.com/site/constitutionstudyguide – U.S. Constitution Study Guide.
The US Constitution Simplified – Studying the Constitution isn’t rocket science; it’s meant to be of the people, by the people, for the people. This PDF chart by Publius Huldah depicts the elegant simplicity of our Constitution. It lists the few and defined powers that WE delegated to the national government; shows how the powers WE delegated to the national government secure specific God given rights; and shows the retention of all other powers by the States and The People.
Our Constitution Rocks, by Juliette Turner. Written to make the Constitution resonate with a new generation, this engaging softcover for ages 8 and up reminds young people what it means to have a voice and live free. Each article is translated into lay terms and given historical context with primary-source quotes (and Turner’s interpretation of their meanings), fun facts, and more. Learn how those guys in wigs came up with some of the best ideas ever. The Constitution still matters to kids and teens today. Find out why!
Elementary Catechism on the Constitution of the United States. For the Use of Schools – This digital reprint of an 1828 book by Arthur J. Stansbury contains 333 study questions and answers. The Catechism was the standard elementary textbook for teaching American schoolchildren about the U.S. Constitution! Today the Catechism is a much-needed and informative lesson on American politics and law – and an intriguing look into the way the U.S. Constitution was understood, interpreted, and taught in the early years of our nation.
The U.S. Constitution: A Reader – America’s Founders created a form of government which had its moral foundation in the Declaration of Independence and the principle of equal natural rights. Under the Constitution, government was to be limited to protecting those rights. Featuring 113 essential primary source documents, the Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the U.S. Constitution at Hillsdale College. These documents should be required reading for all American citizens from high school students to public servants.
Constitutional Law for Enlightened Citizens, by Michael Farris. In this beautiful color hardbound, Farris takes readers from the Constitutional Convention and the meaning of original intent to an in-depth analysis of pivotal Supreme Court decisions. Perfect for a high school government course—and a must-read for concerned adults—this book will equip you to reclaim our nation in the spirit of the American founding.