Teaching Tools for Celebrating a Historic Moment in Our Nation’s History
September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787when, at the end of a long, hot summer of discussion, debate, and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America’s most important document. This special day encourages students and teachers to learn about the importance of the Constitution in helping us establish our common civic heritage. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has created a teachers guide for K–12 educators filled with videos, games, and interactive modules that are perfect for commemorating Constitution Day. The resources will spur students to consider these guiding questions: Who is included in the phrase “We the People”? How do we form “a more perfect union”? What makes the US Constitution a living document? To what extent does the Constitution influence people’s lives on a daily basis? The resources are also available in Spanish.
Veterans Day is coming up on November 11. It’s an opportunity to thank America’s veterans for their service and for students to learn more about veterans and their service. Below are a few ways to celebrate Veterans Day in your classroom.
In September 2020, the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College opened an exhibit called Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond to create a dialogue on women’s rights and women in politics over the last 100 years. With a diverse group of women and nonbinary artists working in photography, painting, printmaking, collage, textile, and sculpture, Never Done manifests a multiplicity of women’s experiences, views, and modes of expression.
The Coalition of Civically Engaged Educators (CCEE) is a resource for those committed to teaching civic knowledge, values, and behaviors. Membership in this free nonpartisan and nonprofit organization consists of prekindergarten to high school teachers, as well as educators at nonprofit organizations and in afterschool programs.