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Constitution Day, Grades 9-12

Understanding the People and the Ideas that Created the U.S. Constitution

Found In: language arts, social studies, 9-12

NEA Lesson Plans

United State Supreme Court: Freedom of Speech in Schools 
( PDF, 5.16 MB, 10 pgs.)

The basics of the Supreme Court are covered in this NEA lesson plan, where students learn what the Court’s legal role is, how many justices there are, and how those justices get appointed. Students will begin thinking about the role of the Court and how it might impact their lives before delving into the concept of freedom of speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, in preparation for discussing Tinker v. Des Moines and Morse v. Frederick. Aligned to Common Core standards.

United States Supreme Court: Equal Protection under Law 
( PDF, 4.03 MB, 11 pgs.)

The basics of the Supreme Court are covered in the first parts of this NEA lesson plan that encourages students to begin thinking about the role of the Court and how it might impact their lives. By examining and comparing the cases of Brown v. Board and Obergefell v. Hodges, students cover the concept of equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Students should learn that the government cannot treat people differently for illegitimate reasons and understand the implications of a unanimous versus a split decision.

Lesson Plans

Constitution Workshop
Students in grades 4-12 analyze primary source documents to learn about the content, impact, and perpetual relevance of the U. S. Constitution to the daily lives of American citizens.

Additional Lesson Plans

Constitution Lesson Plans (Grades K-12)
Lessons include teacher instructions.

Observing Constitution Day
Activities, lesson plans, and information


Annual Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
To compete, K-12 entrants (including homeschoolers) design a poster showing how they benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2019.

Background Resources

The National Constitution Center’s Constitution Day website features an Interactive Constitution that lets students explore the history behind and scholarly appraisal of each article, section, and amendment of the U.S. Constitution; video lessons that include lesson plans and discussion questions; founding documents and Constitutional Timeline; downloadable and printable Constitution; Naturalization Ceremony (Javascript and Flash are required) and test; and four games.

United States (U.S.) Constitution Day
A series of free educational resources and Internet links to help educators develop student lessons to celebrate U.S. Constitution Day.

The Constitutional Convention
Provides the story of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and the framing of the Constitution.

America's Founding Fathers - Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
Brief biographies of each of the Founding Fathers who were delegates to the Constitutional Convention (Library of Congress)
Find legislative information from the Library of Congress, plus Educational Resources for the Classroom has lesson plans and activities.


Download Images

Charters of Freedom
High-resolution images of the Charters of Freedom documents.


Crossword Puzzles
Eight puzzles test your knowledge of the most important legal document ever created.


Real or Fake (Grades 6-12)
True or false questions about the Founding Fathers.

Which Founding Father Are You? (Grades 6-12)
Discover who you are most like: Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Adams, or Washington.

Constitution Quiz (Grades 6-12)


Check your school or local library for:

A DVD History of the US Constitution (1619-2005)
This 4-volumen video series is divided into 47 chapters, each one a five to seven minute stand-alone presentation. Intended for grades 7-12.

last updated: July 15, 2019


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