Defining Classroom Citizenship

The founders understood that, in order to preserve their liberty and happiness, and that of future generations, the foundation of successful self-government was citizens who understood and applied certain virtues. They constructed the U.S. Constitution according to their study of the principles and virtues that were most necessary to sustain a free, prosperous, and orderly society. This lesson is ideal for the first day of school.


11, 12, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10



Resource Types

Lesson Plans, Essays

Teaching Strategies

Whole Class, Small Group

Constitution Articles

14th Amendment