Constitution Day is September 17th! This day is set aside to remember the signing of the Constitution after the Constitutional Convention 224 years ago – here are some fun ways that you can celebrate!
- Test your knowledge of the Constitution – take our 15-question quiz covering the Constitution, landmark Supreme Court cases, people, and important primary source documents.
- Watch a video – Do you know the key differences between republics and democracies? Watch this short, engaging video on the constitutional principle of representative government. (You can also watch it on TeacherTube).
- Win a cash prize by writing about the Constitution– students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit an essay for our Being an American Essay Contest answering the question “How does the Constitution establish and maintain a culture of liberty?”
- Travel back in time to the Constitutional Convention – explore our game Madison’s Notes are Missing and ask questions of the Founders and report their findings in a news story.
- Refresh your memory on the importance of our liberty – spend a few minutes exploring Life Without the Bill of Rights? an activity that asks you to consider how life would change without some of our most cherished freedoms including freedom of religion, speech, and press, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and the rights of private property.
- Read the Constitution – print out a PDF of the Constitution and read it – then pass it on to a friend!
- Send a Constitution Day eCard – Brighten up the day of a friend, colleague, teacher, or family member with a fun eCard – and remind them to read the Constitution too!
- Tune in to Constitution Hall Pass with the National Constitution Center – This Free, fun and fascinating webcast allows teachers and students to learn more about this historic day while chatting live with the National Constitution Center’s education staff. This year’s episode, Constitution Hall Pass: Freedom of Expression, brings the story of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to life. The episode will be available on the Center’s website on September 16, with a live chat from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
What resources are you planning on using? Any other resources that you recommend to fellow teachers?