Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd lobbied for a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. Senator Byrd once said, “Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world.”
He added the Constitution Day clause to his 2004 federal spending bill because he believed that all citizens should know about their rights as outlined in the Constitution. This clause mandates the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds, as well as federal agencies.
Need some ideas? Start with these:
- Resources from the National Constitution Center https://constitutioncenter.org/constitution-day/constitution-day-resources
- Creating a Classroom Constitution K-5 https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plans/teaching-content/creating-classroom-constitution/
- Creating a Classroom Constitution 6-12 http://www.crfc.org/teaching-materials/we-students-writing-class-constitution
- Teaching “Big Ideas” in the Constitution https://www.archives.gov/legislative/resources/education/constitution
- Lesson Plans from History Channel https://images.history.com/images/media/pdf/Constitution-LessonPlans.pdf
What are you planning on doing in your classroom for Constitution Day? Share your resources in the comments section below!