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.
Part of the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, the Declaration Resources Project supports teaching and learning about, and ongoing engagement with, the Declaration of Independence. One of the resources in development is Portrait of a Tyrant, a six-episode adventure game for students to learn about the Declaration of Independence, its historical context and contemporary relevance.
The National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the USA are commemorating the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a limited-edition commemorative patch, activity guide, activity log, certificate, and special awards. The
The National Association of Commissions for Women is providing a freely downloadable Women’s Suffrage Centennial Resource Toolkit to help organizations and individuals that are planning events to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage.