Growing Up American Style: Grades 3-5

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Growing Up, American Style show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they help students see how life has changed for children living in the United States, specifically with respect to child labor.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Citizenship
  • Grades: 3, 4, 5

Growing Up American Style: Grades 6-8

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Growing Up, American Style show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they help students see how life has changed for children living in the United States, specifically with respect to child labor.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Citizenship
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8

Growing Up American Style: Grades 9-12

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Growing Up, American Style show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they help students see how life has changed for children living in the United States, specifically with respect to child labor.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Citizenship
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Our Constitution: The Bill of Rights

These lessons on the Bill of Rights are part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core–based units. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Students will demonstrate this knowledge by writing summaries of selections from the original document and, by the end of the unit, articulating their understanding of the complete document by answering questions in an argumentative writing style to fulfill the Common Core Standards. Through this step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Modules (Teaching Unit)
  • Subject: Foundations of Democracy
  • Grades: 7, 8, 9

The Constitution: Drafting a More Perfect Union

Students will analyze an unidentified historical document and draw conclusions about what this document was for, who created it, and why. After the document is identified as George Washington’s annotated copy of the Committee of Style’s draft constitution, students will compare its text to that of an earlier draft by the Committee of Detail to understand its evolution.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans, Primary Sources
  • Subject: Legislative Branch/Congress
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12