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 […]

Welcome to the Civics Renewal Network!

We give you access to the best civics education resources of the network’s 26 organizations. Find classroom materials for any grade level. Want to teach the First Amendment? Start here. What makes the Civics Renewal Network different from doing a Google search? Curated content. A Google search returns dozens, if not hundreds of unsorted results. […]

Take the Preamble Challenge!

Are you ready for the Preamble Challenge? Take those 52 words at the beginning of the U.S. Constitution and memorize them, sing them, create a rap, dance to them, shout them out on Constitution Day, along with thousands of other students, teachers, libraries and civics organizations! The National Constitution Center kicks off the reading of […]

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day

On December 15, 1791, with Virginia’s approval, the Bill of Rights was ratified. Find a complete selection of resources for teaching about these individual liberties here. Which two amendments were not ratified? Who was the Father of the Bill of Rights? Search the keyword ‘George Mason’ Which states’ Bills of Rights informed the national Bill […]

Naturalization Ceremonies

There are few public events as deeply moving and personally affecting as the moment when a group of people of all ages and from all walks of life and virtually any corner of the globe stand together and as a group recite the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America. More than 20 […]