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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about the United States Constitution and to plan projects and classroom activities so students can experience the Constitution as a "living document." Whether you spend one class in celebration of Constitution Day or an entire unit on the Constitution, the ideas included in the "In the Classroom" portion of reviews will launch discussions and projects your students will not forget.

 

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Founders' Constitution - University of Chicago

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This site from the University of Chicago offers links to the philosophical and political source documents on which the Constitution is based. There is a wealth of content in this ...more
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This site from the University of Chicago offers links to the philosophical and political source documents on which the Constitution is based. There is a wealth of content in this one. Faculty who want to explore the origins of American government will find this site useful both for its thematic organizational structure and its wealth of resources. Secondary students will likely need some guidance in working with these materials.

In the Classroom

Use this site as a resource for students preparing for a classroom debate based on one or more articles of the constitution. This site is more useful if the debate is set into the time period of the Revolution, allowing students to treat the primary sources as though they were writings from contemporary peers rather than distant founding fathers. A great resource for a US history or government class.

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National Constitution Center

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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive...more
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This center for the study of the U.S. Constitution provides a nice introduction to the Constitution and the principles of governance on which it is based. Resources include an interactive Constitution, podcasts, and educational resources including lesson plans and games.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), civil rights (117), constitution (79)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the many games and lesson plans featured on this site. Include with your Constitution Day activities.
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Who Wrote the Constitution? - National Archives

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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this...more
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Here's a collection of biographies of the people who were responsible for writing our Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention were an interesting group, and this site from the National Archives lets you learn more about them.

tag(s): biographies (85), constitution (79)

In the Classroom

Use the biographies on this site as a starting point working on a research project, or for research material for historical heads. Historical heads allows students to illustrate important events in a character's life, inside of the blank outline of a human head. Students write up elsewhere the significance of every event pictured, but drawing tends to help students organize the material - useful tool for review!

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The Constitutional Convention

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Interactive orginal paintings from the Convention, a great resource. ...more
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Interactive orginal paintings from the Convention, a great resource.

tag(s): constitution (79)

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Look at this site before planning your unit on the Founding Fathers and the New Republic in an American History class. Lloyd has provided a new take on the convention, creating a 4 day drama that summarizes the main events. There are a lot of primary sources and fresh takes on the convention here, making this site extremely beneficial to planning ahead for your unit.

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National Constitution Center Lesson Plans

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The teacher section of this site offers a collection of topical lesson plans and discussion themes on current events issues with constitutional implications. Topics include Internet...more
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The teacher section of this site offers a collection of topical lesson plans and discussion themes on current events issues with constitutional implications. Topics include Internet speech, the Electoral College, and school vouchers. Each presentation presents pro-con arguments along with the relevant constitutional issues.

tag(s): constitution (79)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Within the classroom resources page are plenty of online games and quizzes that can be used to help students review. Post the site on your class wiki or webpage to allow students to review it both in and out of the classroom!

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The U.S. Constitution - National Archives

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This highly interactive site by the National Archives all about the US Constitution gives you and your students tools to view the original up close, learn about the framers, and ...more
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This highly interactive site by the National Archives all about the US Constitution gives you and your students tools to view the original up close, learn about the framers, and read transcripts (the original handwriting IS a bit challenging!). Be sure to check out the information on the Bill of Rights, as well.

tag(s): bill of rights (28), constitution (79)

In the Classroom

Use this site as part of a knowledge-hunt about the actual text of the Constitution or prepare your students for a trip to the National Archives, if you are fortunate enough to be teaching nearby.

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