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Five Ways to Teach Constitution Day September 17

September 9, 2012 7:38am (EDT)

Constitution Day is considered the birthday of the United States government. On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered and signed the the U.S. constitution.

Congress made Constitution Day a holiday in 2004, but instead of being a day off, it's a "day on" designated for educators to teach students about the constitution and citizenship.

Some have extended the holiday to Constitution Week to truly give this important piece of our country's history justice.

Here are five ways you can teach it through lesson plans, quizzes and a contest. And for more ideas, visit our It's My Constitution Day resource page.

1.) Encourage your student to enter the Constitution Day Poster Contest - the deadline is October 1. It’s sponsored by the site www.constitutionfacts.com “To compete, the contest invites K-12 entrants (including homeschoolers) to celebrate Constitution Day (Sept. 17) by designing a poster showing how they benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.” Enter it here.

2.) Take this Constitution Day Quiz.

3.) Why Celebrate Constitution Day? - Use this
lesson plan on the constitution from PBS Teachers. It’s taken from George Washington’s perspective.

4.) What Makes Good Citizenship? - Hold a debate on what makes a person a good citizen. You can use these curated videos from Discovery Education to get the discussion going - don’t forget to login. (Click on the word Commemorations to get the videos.)

5.) What Role Did Georgia Play? - Explore what role Georgia played in the crafting of the constitution through this Georgia Stories episode.

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