Middle School Resources
The National Archives and Records Administration
- A special DocsTeach page for teaching about the Constitution. DocsTeach is the online tool for teaching with documents from the National Archives.
- The National Archives online exhibit “The Charters of Freedom,” with information about the creation and history of the Constitution.
- Exploring the United States Constitution eBook from the National Archives. Each chapter connects one or more of the billions of records in the holdings of the National Archives to the principles found in the United States Constitution. These records exemplify the workings of the three branches of the federal government as laid out in our Constitution.
- The United States Constitution course by the National Archives on iTunes U. You will learn about the Constitutional Convention, drafting and ratifying the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of our Federal government, and how the National Archives is preserving our Constitution.
Meet your Constitution Day teaching needs with fun, engaging, and easy-to-use games and lesson plans from iCivics.
- Run your own firm of lawyers that focus on the Bill of Rights in the special edition of iCivics’ most popular game, Do I Have a Right?
- Explore the Constitution article by article; discovering the duties and powers of the three branches, the amendment process, and the role of this document as the supreme law of the land.
- Take a closer look at the debates over power in the young American system of government with this mini-lesson. Students discover the compromise between the Federalists and Anti-federalists that led to the creation of the Constitution.
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.
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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!
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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.
Explore the Constitution with this easy to use, clause-by-clause guide to constitutional principles and facts.
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.
Complete biographies of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
Fast Facts and teach TEN key facts about the Constitution.
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
Read the full text of several founding documents, including the Magna Carta and Mayflower Compact among many others.
From the moment students enter the room, they will begin to examine and understand the role of the people in the Constitution.