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13th Amendment, Congressional Copy

This handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery is signed by President Lincoln and others.

Amendment Cootie Catchers

This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher tests your knowledge of the first 10 amendments.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Articles of Confederation

The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.

Bill of Rights

Students learn about the specific rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, one of our nation's most important documents.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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Bill of Rights Bingo

Get more familiar with the Bill of Rights with this simple bingo game.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline

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.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Constitution Hall Pass: Dollars and Sense: Tax Day

Learn how the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Tags: Government

Constitution Hall Pass: The Judicial Branch (Constitution Day 2010)

Celebrate the writing of the Constitution by going inside the Convention at the National Constitution Center’s Signers’ Hall!

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Constitution Hall Pass: The Presidency (Constitution Day 2012)

Just in time for the 2012 election, this engaging, interactive lesson traces the history of the American presidency.

Constitution Word Puzzle

Learn about basic terms from the Constitution with this word puzzle.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Design Your Own Dollar Bill

This activity is perfect for commemorating Tax Day.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Tags: Government

Destination White House

This lesson provides an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.

Election 2012 Student Guide

Follow this guide and see how your voice can be heard.

Free to Be You

This lesson helps students understand how the First Amendment establishes key freedoms of expression for Americans.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Headed to the White House

Here's your chance to run for president!

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.

Main Exhibition Student Guide: The Path to Responsible Citizenship

Explore the Center’s main exhibition and complete activities around the topic of responsible citizenship.

Mayflower Compact

This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.

Model White House

Make a mini model of the home of the nation's president.

Perspectives on the Constitution: Constitutions Around the World

A perspective by Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Perspectives on the Constitution: Understanding Our Constitution

A perspective by Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law at Yale University Law School, and Douglas W. Kmiec, dean of Catholic University Law School.

Preamble Scramble

Have fun getting to know the phrases of the Preamble while you unscramble the puzzle.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Presidential Campaign Team

Your team is about to set off on a historic journey: running a presidential campaign!

Presidential Progress Report

This lesson allows students to research and assess the actions of the president.

Ratifying States Word Puzzle

Learn about the states that ratified the Constitution with this word puzzle.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Rhythm, Rhyme, Results: Educational Rap Songs

Engage students through rap and hip-hop music with the Center’s partner, Rhythm, Rhyme, Results.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Tags: Government

Separation of Powers

This lesson shows students firsthand how the three branches of government work together through separation of powers and checks and balances.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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Tax Day Cootie Catcher

In honor of Tax Day, this cootie catcher offers helpful tips on managing your personal finances.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Tags: Government

The Constitution of the United States: En Espanol

Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Spanish.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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The Constitution of the United States: Fast Facts

Ten essential facts about the U.S. Constitution.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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The Constitution of the United States: First Public Printing

The first public printing of the Constitution was printed on September 19, 1787.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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The Constitution of the United States: Original Image

An image of the original handwritten, signed U.S. Constitution.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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The Constitution of the United States: PDF

The Constitution of the United States as a printable PDF file.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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The Constitution of the United States: PDF Translations

Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Uncle Sam Hats

Celebrate freedom by making your own Uncle Sam hat.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Voting Rights Word Puzzle

Learn about the history of voting rights with this word puzzle.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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We the Civics Kids

This series of lessons teaches students about the election process and encourages them to be active citizens in their community.

We the Civics Kids Lesson 1: American Flavor: A Cultural Salad of Diversity

Lesson one looks at the contributions made by people from other countries who have come and made their homes here.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 2: The Constitution

Lesson two examines the Constitution as the foundation of our government.

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We the Civics Kids Lesson 3: The Bill of Rights

Lesson three continues to develop the students’ understanding of the Constitution by examining the Bill of Rights.

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We the Civics Kids Lesson 4: Principles of Justice and the Role of the Judiciary

Lesson four focuses on the principles of justice and the role of the judiciary.

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We the Civics Kids Lesson 5: Point of View – School Uniforms

Lesson five provides opportunities for students to examine issues from different points of views.

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We the Civics Kids Lesson 6: USA All Stars

Lesson six investigates the concept of leadership.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 7: Historical Figures and Activists

Lesson seven builds on the skills of previous lessons.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the Civics Kids Lesson 8: Kid Power

Lesson eight celebrates student engagement.

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
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We the School

We the School is an innovative new form of student government created at Constitution High School in Philadelphia.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7
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Where Will You Be on November 2?

In this lesson, students will consider the reasons that many Americans do not vote in national elections.