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What Are Your Rights? Celebrating National American Constitution Day

This Collections celebrates the birthing of the American Constitution, and the "Declaration" to free rights as American citizens. Students will learn important vocab skills, have the opportunity to act out history with a 3-part play, practice important historical vocab, watch an informative and colorful video about the Constitution, and more!
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What Are Your Rights? Celebrating National American Constitution Day
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Watching a colorful video is always a great way to introduce a topic to your students for the first time, and this one is of no exception! Enjoy a wonderfully narrated video with clear dialogue, lovely animation and important facts about how the Constitution came to be. A must for anyone teaching a lesson about the Constitution, for all to enjoy!
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Test your students' knowledge on the American Constitution with this "Simplified Constitution" created by a teacher himself! Each Article and Amendment is clearly summarized, and perfect to quiz students quickly on each article or amendment. A must-have and perfect for passing around the classroom.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Your students will be able to learn in-depth what each Amendment and their clauses mean, and how they changed the United States forever, with this interactive website perfect for introducing parts of the Constitution and for testing knowledge. Each Amendment is clickable, and contains extensive information within: including links to informative in-page articles concerning "matters of debate" and specific court cases related to those amendments. A wonderful tool to use with the Smart Boards!
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Pass around sections of this 14-page collection of handouts for the class! Decide which one(s) your class wishes to partake in together, selecting from a variety of different group-related activities! You might want to work on important key vocab words (like "democracy" and "monarchy") or perhaps you'd like to do something a little more laid-back, like writing "A Constitution Acrostic Poem" together as a class. Enjoy!
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Your students will have much more respect and understanding for the Amendements of the Constitituion after writing their own! That's exactly what this lesson teaches: the purpose of an Amendment and what it contains. Your students can work together in groups (particularly smaller ones) or as a class to come up with one single amendment. Social Studies students will learn about the history of the Constitution and Language Arts students will work on writing skills and vocabulary.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Flashcards are an excellent "Test Your Knowledge" tool. They are perfect for learning vocabulary and retaining information. Use these easy-to-print-and-cut-out flashcards to help your students gain solid awareness of the Constitution and its 10 Amendments. The page recommends these cards for 8th grade; I'd suggest adjusting the vocab slightly for earlier grades, and shortening the paragraphs. Having students quiz each other using flash cards is a great strategy to use.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Have your students act out a piece of history! With this three-part play, students can take the parts of important historic figures like George Washington, Ben Franklin, James Madison (who narrates the play) and Alexander Hamilton! If sharing with Grades 6 and 7, some vocabulary might have to be reviewed first. Perfect for 8th Graders, but all should be able to enjoy! It's a great way to visit this important time in history, and learn how the Constitution came to be.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    On this site you can access a "high resolution image" of the original document of the Constitution of the United States, read its text, explore interesting facts, and "Meet America's Founding Fathers", without whom the Constitution would never have come to be.
  • Sara Kaplan says:
    Explore the Constitution a little further with this clickable summary of the 7 Articles and the 10 Amendments. It begins with the complete Preamble, and each section provides links to continue exploration. A great way to introduce the Constitution further by use of Smart Board or to have students work on individual sections in separate groups.