Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech with a mobile that inspires you to think about your own dreams.
This handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery is signed by President Lincoln and others.
In this online game, learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made.
This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher tests your knowledge of the first 10 amendments.
Show your patriotic pride with this festive stars-and-stripes-covered pinwheel.
This guide highlights works of art that tell the story of the American soldier through the eyes of combat artists.
The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.
Help restore the Bill of Rights in this online game.
The first ten Amendments to the Constitution form the Bill of Rights.
Get more familiar with the Bill of Rights with this simple bingo game.
Learn about a landmark Supreme Court ruling with this word puzzle.
Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline is an online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history.
Make a dazzling sun catcher inspired by the fabled story of George Washington and the cherry tree.
Learn how the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today.
In this episode, we look at Dr. King’s legacy of service—and we’ll even learn about ways that you can serve your community.
In this popular episode, we explore the history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of the holiday we know as Earth Day.
Learn about how the Constitution protects our rights and the freedom to express ourselves—out loud!
Discover the real story of the first Thanksgiving and how the day became a national holiday during the Civil War.
Explore the compelling story of our Constitution’s first ten amendments.
Celebrate the writing of the Constitution by going inside the Convention at the National Constitution Center’s Signers’ Hall!
Just in time for the 2012 election, this engaging, interactive lesson traces the history of the American presidency.
Learn about basic terms from the Constitution with this word puzzle.
The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson.
This activity is perfect for commemorating Tax Day.
As you learn about the symbolism and importance of our America's flag, you can design your own flag.
Get inspired about going green with this bingo game.
This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher offers ideas for being an eco-friendly, active citizen.
Follow this guide and see how your voice can be heard.
Enacted in 1862, this edition of the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
Decorate your own Fala pin and wear it proudly to show your support for the country!
This guide examines the stories of seven individuals who fought for freedom by pursuing their dreams and standing up for their rights.
Learn about the signers of the U.S. Constitution with this word puzzle.
Learn more about the delegates of the Constitutional Convention with these Founding Fathers biographies.
Here's your chance to run for president!
Celebrate freedom by fashioning your own Lady Liberty hat.
Make a dazzling sun catcher to commemorate the Liberty Bell and the constitutional ideals it symbolizes.
Emulate our 16th president with your own version of his signature top hat.
The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.
Explore the Center’s main exhibition and complete activities around the topic of responsible citizenship.
This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.
Make a mini model of the home of the nation's president.
Decorate and customize a wreath for Independence Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day.
A perspective by Richard R. Beeman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.
A perspective by Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
A perspective by Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law at Yale University Law School, and Douglas W. Kmiec, dean of Catholic University Law School.
Have fun getting to know the phrases of the Preamble while you unscramble the puzzle.
Discover your alter ego as President Abraham Lincoln or George Washington as you decorate your own presidential mask.
Your team is about to set off on a historic journey: running a presidential campaign!
This lesson allows students to research and assess the actions of the president.
Learn about the roles of historical figures during the Prohibition era by taking on their identities for a dinner party.
Use your skills to get classmates to identify and define which Prohibition era term you draw.
Learn about Prohibition through informational slides and activities using the SMART Board platform.
Learn about the states that ratified the Constitution with this word puzzle.
Engage students through rap and hip-hop music with the Center’s partner, Rhythm, Rhyme, Results.
Learn all about voting rights throughout history in this online game.
This "training manual" for the Constitutional Intelligence Agency will equip you with the skills to become one of our top agents.
Explore how Bruce Springsteen uses music to voice his beliefs and express his opinions.
This lesson will engage students in the president’s annual address to Congress.
In honor of Tax Day, this cootie catcher offers helpful tips on managing your personal finances.
Honor veterans for supporting and defending the Constitution and protecting our freedom by thanking them with a special postcard.
This interactive resource celebrates constitutional and local history in Philadelphia and beyond through student-generated multimedia content.
This innovative, interactive resource is designed to uncover the vast wealth of history in our local communities.
Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Spanish.
Ten essential facts about the U.S. Constitution.
The first public printing of the Constitution was printed on September 19, 1787.
Read the full text of the U.S. Constitution.
An image of the original handwritten, signed U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States as a printable PDF file.
Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.
This lesson encourages students to review principles of the Constitution and compare it to their school system.
This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of gun control from different points of view.
This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of affirmative action from a variety of perspectives.
This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of compulsory national service from different points of view.
This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of same-sex marriage from different points of view.
This lesson encourages students to deliberate on the issue of cyber speech and the First Amendment.
This research and deliberation activity is designed to encourage students to look at the issue of health care reform from different points of view.
This research and deliberation activity is designed to encourage students to look at the issue of immigration reform from different points of view.
This lesson encourages students to deliberate on the issue of balancing privacy and security.
A series of newspaper articles drafted by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, urging ratification of the new Constitution.
Students will explore a hypothetical case about affirmative action and learn about landmark rulings like Gratz v. Bollinger.
These three constitutional amendments abolished slavery and guaranteed equal protection of the laws and the right to vote.
Learn about the background of the 18th Amendment, the players in the movement, and its eventual repeal.
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the phrase "under God" be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the federal government expand its control over the economy to restore economic health?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should same-sex couples have the right to marry?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should non-citizens have the right to vote in local elections?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should "intelligent design" be taught in science classrooms alongside the theory of evolution?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should Congress stiffen the penalties for television and radio broadcasters who violate FCC indecency standards?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Do America's cities have the right to ban handguns?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should we amend the Constitution to let foreign-born U.S. citizens become president?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the death penalty be abolished as cruel and unusual punishment?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the District of Columbia be given a vote in the House of Representatives?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the Electoral College be abolished in favor of a popular vote for president?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should illegal immigrants be allowed to become citizens?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Will additional government spending hurt or help the economy?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the Constitution be amended to prohibit same-sex marriage?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should American citizens be required to vote?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Is the U.S. Constitution colorblind?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should states require voters to show photo identification to vote?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should states move up their 2008 presidential primaries to shorten the primary election season?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should American Muslims be allowed to build a mosque and community center near the site of Ground Zero?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Is racial balancing in public schools constitutional?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Does the president have the authority to order domestic surveillance without a court-issued warrant in times of war?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Tell us which party you'd like to control Congress after November's midterm elections.
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the president or Congress have the final say about the war in Iraq?
Celebrate freedom by making your own Uncle Sam hat.
Drafted by George Mason, this declaration of rights later became a model for other state constitutions and the Bill of Rights.
Learn about the history of voting rights with this word puzzle.
This series of lessons teaches students about the election process and encourages them to be active citizens in their community.
We the School is an innovative new form of student government created at Constitution High School in Philadelphia.
Take this quiz to discover which Founder you're most like!
Learn about the differences between the Founders’ and Progressives’ beliefs about government by sorting quotes from each group.
Our engaging, dynamic exhibits and programs are aligned with state and national standards so you can connect your field trip with your classroom curriculum.
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