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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.
This guide is designed to help students consider the idea of memory in connection to the events of September 11.
Students will research and nominate Founders for the Liberty Medal as if it were 1788, the year after the Constitution was signed.
In this online game, learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made.
Students will investigate national election stump speeches and then create their own.
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.
Students will analyze artwork regarding the historical context of wars and conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Students will deepen their appreciation of war art through watching and listening to veteran war experiences.
The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.
Students learn about the specific rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, one of our nation's most important documents.
The first ten Amendments to the Constitution form the Bill of Rights.
Help restore the Bill of Rights in this online game.
Get more familiar with the Bill of Rights with this simple bingo game.
Analyze Springsteen’s use of irony and metaphor in this song that is more complex than it might first appear.
Students will get a look at how African-American individuals have broken barriers to racial integration in the United States.
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.
In this lesson, students will consider the value of moderation and personal self-discipline in the context of the Founders.
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.
Using online digital libraries and archives, students will explore how people have expressed their points of view throughout U.S. history.
The National Constitution Center’s Town Hall posters and lessons are engaging ways to facilitate dialogue around important constitutional issues with students.
Role play two First Amendment scenarios and decide where you stand!
The Declaration of Independence was written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson.
Students will learn about courage in the context of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and today's events.
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.
This lesson provides an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.
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.
This lesson explores the history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence and Independence Day.
This lesson helps students understand how the First Amendment establishes key freedoms of expression for Americans.
Students will relate personal experiences to the rights and responsibilities and the meaning of freedom.
Lesson Plan for Middle School and High School for Freedom Day
Learn more about the signers of the Constitution with these Founding Fathers biographies.
Learn more about the delegates of the Constitutional Convention with these Founding Fathers biographies.
This lesson helps students see how life has changed for children living in the United States, specifically with respect to child labor.
In this lesson, students will examine how the concepts of private property and honor are interconnected.
In this lesson, students learn about the role of bureaucracy in U.S. government.
Students will learn about how the federal government began coining money and the significance of symbols used on coins.
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.
In this lesson, students delve into the characteristics, accomplishments, and historical significance of Liberty Medal winners.
This lesson will ask students to explore the meaning of liberty using primary sources and other contexts.
Emulate our 16th president with your own version of his signature top hat.
In this lesson, students will analyze the political and constitutional issues that faced President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the Living News theatrical performance at the National Constitution Center.
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.
Explore how music has shaped Americans’ understanding of their history.
Decorate and customize a wreath for Independence Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day.
In this lesson, students will analyze how people throughout history have exercised their First Amendment rights to express their opinions.
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.
This lesson acquaints young students with the Bill of Rights through reading and discussing picture books.
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.
In this lesson, students will consider how respect and freedom of expression intersect and their role in maintaining a free society.
Engage students through rap and hip-hop music with the Center’s partner, Rhythm, Rhyme, Results.
This lesson explores the phrase “secure the Blessings of Liberty” from the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution through the Liberty Medal Ceremony and its recipient.
Learn all about voting rights throughout history in this online game.
This lesson shows students firsthand how the three branches of government work together through separation of powers and checks and balances.
Learn about how the Constitution and Bill of Rights protect the rights of musicians.
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 builds student understanding of the relationships between the United States’ founding
documents by comparing and contrasting the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution,
and the Bill of Rights.
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 lesson encourages students to look at the issue of climate change and environmental regulation from a constitutional perspective.
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 examine the ideas that the Founding Fathers brought to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and use them to analyze the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Students will explore a hypothetical case about affirmative action and learn about landmark rulings like Gratz v. Bollinger.
This lesson encourages students to take a closer look at the American flag and its meaning.
This lesson takes a closer look at the history of Memorial Day by examining World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War and their connections to this civic holiday.
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.
On Constitution Day, students will examine the role of the people in shaping the U.S. Constitution.
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.
In this lesson students will first become acquainted with the wording of the Bill of Rights and determine language that needs further defining.
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.
In this lesson, students will examine the constitutional, legal, political, and historical sources of the continuing debate over war powers.
This series of lessons teaches students about the election process and encourages them to be active citizens in their community.
Lesson one looks at the contributions made by people from other countries who have come and made their homes here.
Lesson two examines the Constitution as the foundation of our government.
Lesson three continues to develop the students’ understanding of the Constitution by examining the Bill of Rights.
Lesson four focuses on the principles of justice and the role of the judiciary.
Lesson five provides opportunities for students to examine issues from different points of views.
Lesson six investigates the concept of leadership.
Lesson seven builds on the skills of previous lessons.
Lesson eight celebrates student engagement.
We the School is an innovative new form of student government created at Constitution High School in Philadelphia.
Students will investigate the legal language defining their freedom of speech rights
This lesson explores the Fifth Amendment issues at stake in the Supreme Court case of Kelo v. City of New London.
In this lesson, students will consider the reasons that many Americans do not vote in national elections.
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.
This lesson provides students with an overview of the contributions made by powerful women throughout U.S. history.