Some of our nation’s founders — James Madison, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson — engage in a lively debate on the Bill of Rights. Historian and author Carol Berkin is the moderator of the discussion, which was part of the Civics Renewal Network’s Constitution Day 2014 program in Washington, D.C.
2014 Student Projects
The Civics Renewal Network brought four dozen students from across the nation to Washington, D.C., for a Constitution Day program. These middle and high school students used their civic skills and knowledge to improve their school or community. Accompanied by their teachers, the students participated in Constitution Day events organized by the network, including the […]
2014 Naturalization Ceremonies
Organized by the Federal Courts, nearly 30 naturalization ceremonies were held across the country as part of the Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebration. This is the first year that the Federal Courts coordinated a nationwide celebration involving naturalization events. Federal judges administered the oath of citizenship to an estimated 8,500 new citizens in ceremonies from Yosemite Park in California to the Alamo in Texas and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse in New York City. Many students witnessed or took part in the ceremonies by reciting the Constitution’s Preamble.
Media Advisory for Constitution Day
This year Constitution Day, Wednesday, Sept. 17, and the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the Bill of Rights will be celebrated by an unusual variety of events spanning the nation, including naturalization ceremonies at iconic sites, students taking the “Preamble Challenge,” a panel in Washington examining the role of civics in American life, and the start-up of an online resource for civics education.
‘Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964’
Freedom Summer is a game-based learning module in which players explore the relationship between the Civil Rights Movement and the contentious civil rights debate in Congress.
Check Out ‘Congress Creates the Bill of Rights’
Within the half-billion pages of records in the care of the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives, there are some special treasures from the First Congress that show how the ratification of the Constitution necessitated the creation of the Bill of Rights, and how the creation of the Bill of Rights, in turn, […]
Introducing ‘Documents of Freedom’
The Bill of Rights Institute has launched a complete textbook titled Documents of Freedom: History, Government, and Economics Through Primary Sources. This robust resource is completely FREE to teachers and includes eight units with readings, student activities, handouts, videos, and more. Here are some other awesome features: See how Documents of Freedom compares to the […]
Civics Renewal Network Recognizes Student Civic Actions
The Civics Renewal Network is bringing four dozen students from across the nation to Washington, D.C., for a Constitution Day program. These middle and high school students used their civic skills and knowledge to improve their school or community. Accompanied by their teachers, the students will participate in Constitution Day events organized by the network, […]
2015 Harlan Institute – ConSource Virtual Supreme Court
This competition offers teams of two high school students the opportunity to research cutting-edge constitutional law, write persuasive appellate briefs, argue against other students through video chats, and try to persuade a panel of esteemed attorneys during oral argument that their side is correct. This year the competition focuses on Zivotofsky v. Kerry, exploring whether […]
A New Online Course on the Constitution
Sign up for a new eight-week course called Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases here. The course, which debuts on September 17, Constitution Day, offers an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explores the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional […]