High School Resources

The National Archives and Records Administration

iCivics

Meet your Constitution Day teaching needs with fun, engaging, and easy-to-use games and lesson plans from iCivics.

Bill of Rights Institute

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation - Download this lesson plan resource from the Bill of Rights Institute to accompany your visit to the National Constitution Center. This lesson on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation has students analyze Lincoln’s decision to issue the proclamation and the significance of the document as a turning point in the development of the nation. Students will read a background essay detailing the history of the Emancipation Proclamation, participate in a role-playing exercise, and analyze excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches. Check out Bill of Rights Institute’s website for additional resources.

iCivics

Meet your Constitution Day teaching requirement with fun, engaging, and easy-to-use games and lesson plans from iCivics. View/download more information.

American Institute for History Education

AIHE is a leading provider of technology-based classroom and professional development resources for History, Social Studies and Language Arts teachers. An award-winning organization, AIHE was founded in 2003 to provide teachers with classroom tools designed to increase the overall academic achievement of students.

Bill of Rights Institute

Test your knowledge of the Constitution with the online Constitution Duel developed by the Bill of Rights Institute. You will be asked to answer 15 multiple choice questions to defend your constitutional honor. All questions will come from 4 categories; the Constitution, primary source documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and historic people. Take the quiz as an individual or as a team - get your whole class involved and challenge another classroom to a Constitution knowledge duel!

American Center for Educators Online at the National Constitution Center

Online Professional Development for Educators that improves student learning in classrooms and schools across the nation.

Gilder Lehrman

Free Download of Yankee Doodle, a song from An American Sampler: Selected Poems and Songs that Celebrate our Nation’s Past, Courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

“Yankee Doodle” was a favorite song during the American Revolution.  British soldiers first sang it to mock the Americans, but American soldiers soon claimed it as their own, singing it as the British retreated from Concord and Lexington. They also made up verses making fun of their own officers, including General Washington.

Rhythm Rhyme Results: Educational Songs for Teaching with Music

Free download of "What Does The Constitution Do?
10% discount on the entire Social Studies album

Interactive Constitution

Explore the Constitution with this easy to use, clause-by-clause guide to constitutional principles and facts.

The Exchange: A Marketplace of Student Ideas

The Exchange is a nationwide conversation series on current constitutional issues. This program encourages students to apply constitutional values to the most pressing and often divisive issues of the day as they seek common ground. In addition to a live nationwide webcast with high school students from around the country, The Exchange includes a free classroom poster, which contains a lesson designed to promote classroom deliberation.

10 Fast Facts on the Constitution

Fast Facts and teach TEN key facts about the Constitution.

Town Hall Walls

With the format pioneered at the National Constitution Center, it is easy to turn your classroom into a town hall where constitutional issues are deliberated.

Founders’ Library Lesson Plan

A lesson plan carefully designed to highlight the three spheres of civic education as detailed by the National Constitution Center; that is, the lesson includes civic knowledge, active citizenship, and democratic deliberation.

Meet the Founders

Complete biographies of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Centuries of Citizenship – A Constitutional Timeline

Discover how 200 years of constitutional history has been shaped through a collection of stories and headlines spotlighting some of the people, events and issues in American history.

Printable Text of the U.S. Constitution

Download the full text of the Constitution as a PDF in English or in any of the 10 other languages available!

To Sign or Not to Sign: The Ultimate Constitution Day Lesson Plan

From the moment students enter the room, they will begin to examine and understand the role of the people in the Constitution.

The Constitution

History Now Issue # 13: The Constitution

Larry Kramer: “Madison and the Constitution”

Peter Onuf: “Jefferson and the Constitution”

Jack Rakove: “Freedom of Religion: A Radical Innovation”

Relevant Primary Source Documents

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