The Constitution

Students will learn how our Constitution was created and what some of its key characteristics are. They will also explore key amendments to the Constitution and their application in protecting citizens' rights.


America's Founding Preambles

Learn how the American idea of government evolved from a revolutionary response to monarchy to a unified nation. The sources will illustrate the effort taken to reach “a more perfect union” through a close read of our founding documents.


The Constitution's Cover Letter

In 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention decided that it was time for a change. A new plan for government was outlined in the Constitution, and it was George Washington's job to present this document to Congress. As with any important document, the Constitution was delivered with a letter of introduction. Part background, part persuasion, Washington's cover letter provides a behind-the-scenes look at how a new government came to be designed. 


Anatomy of the Constitution

This lesson gives an article-by-article overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Constitution. Students learn about the duties and powers of the three branches, the amendment process, and the role of the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.


You've Got Rights!

(This lesson was formerly "Bill of Rights: You Mean I've Got Rights?") Students learn about the rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and other important constitutional amendments. First they consider what rights they believe are important, then they read and analyze the real text of each amendment. This lesson also helps students analyze the impact that the Bill of Rights has on their daily lives. Completing this lesson prepares students to play the game Do I Have a Right?


Do I Have a Right?
Play Time: 30+ mins
Run a law firm and show off your knowledge of constitutional rights.

Do I Have a Right? Extension Pack

Make your students’ gameplay more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Do I Have a Right?. We included tips and practice that help make differentiated instruction a breeze. And, best of all, new instructional scaffolds now mean this lesson is adaptable for a wide range of learners!


*NEW* Amendment Mini-Lesson

Looking for a easy and fun way to review individual rights protected in the U.S. Constitution? You have come to the right place! This mini-lesson highlights the Constitution’s amendments and new artwork from one of our fondest games, Do I Have a Right? It includes anticipation and closing activities and your choice of one or more engaging activity options! Teach your students about some of the most critical additions to our Constitution and how those additions guarantee their rights.


Supreme Decision
Play Time: 15-30 mins
Assist a Supreme Court Justice as she makes the deciding vote in an important case.

The Constitution: Rules for Running a Country

This WebQuest takes you on a fast tour of our Constitution. You'll find out why it was written, how it's structured, what it does, and even how it can be changed. All the essentials are right here!

 


Three Branches: Laws in Action

The U.S. government is designed to make sure that no one person has all the power. Follow a law from start to finish and learn how each branch is involved!

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