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222 years ago September 16, 2009

Posted by Beth in Education.

On September 17, 1787, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention signed the document which they had had spent months creating: The Constitution of the United States of  America.

The Bill of Rights Institute offers several series of lesson plans related to understanding of the Constitution and the controversies which have developed around its basic principles.  You can subscribe to receive  free monthly emails such as the ones below. I have learned a lot by reading the resources myself.

Current Events and the Constitution eLesson: The Healthcare Reform Debate

Briefing Sheets for September 14, 2009

All three activity sheets stand alone and are constructed to help your students understand the issue from different angles.

Have Students read a transcript of President Obama’s Health Care Speech delivered on September 9, 2009:

Have students complete any of the following three activity sheets:

Last Edited On 9/16/2009 8:29:00 AM

Landmark Supreme Court Cases and the Constitution

Freedom of Speech – Skokie and Brandenburg

This month’s Landmark Supreme Court Cases and the Constitution focuses on two cases that tested the limits of the First Amendment, and that demonstrated the United States’ commitment to freedom of speech. In these cases, National Socialist Party of America v. Village of Skokie (1977), and Brandenburg v. Ohio (1968), the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment protects individuals’ rights to express their views, even if those views are considered extremely offensive by most people.

Last Edited on 5/28/2009 10:25:00 AM

Other resources include:

The National Archives: Observing Constitution Day

The National Constitution Center: Constitution Day

Landmark Cases of the Supreme Court

And for a set of videos and learning opportunities which brought me a long, large smile, check out 3 Ring Binder, Memorizing the Preamble.


1. Lynne - September 16, 2009

Those are some great resources. I think I’ll just point to your post for tomorrow and link to the Constitution. By the way, the link to my post brings one to Obama’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress on Health Care. I wouldn’t want to be responsible for that kind of disappointment!

2. Beth - September 16, 2009

Oops. Fixed it. Thanks.

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