Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is the nation-wide observance of the anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution, on September 17, 1787.
This year’s observance is Friday, September 17, 2010.
The commemoration was passed into law (Public Law 108-447) by Congress and became effective in 2005. It states that:
“Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.” (from http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ447.108, Section 111, part (2)(b))
A number of free resources are available to help educators satisfy this mandate:
- National Constitution Center: http://www.constitutioncenter.org/ncc_progs_Constitution_Day.aspx
- National Constitution Center on Constitution Day 2006 (scroll down for direct links to lesson plans and teaching resources): http://www.constitutionday.us/
- Constitution Day: http://www.constitutionday.com/
- The National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-day/
- United States Constitution Day 2010 at ConstitutionFacts.com: http://www.constitutionday.cc/ (includes information on the Constitution Day Poster Design Contest)
- Illinois First Amendment Center FREE Classroom Materials:
- Downloadable coloring pages for K-5, with Teacher’s Guides: http://www.voicesforthefirst.com/coloring_books.php
- Introductory Videos for grades 2-6, and grades 7-12: http://www.illinoisfirstamendmentcenter.com/video.php
- Fun Activities: http://www.voicesforthefirst.com/activities.php
- Middle School/High School Curriculum Resources: http://www.illinoisfirstamendmentcenter.com/classroom_materials.php (District #205 Teachers: Contact Matt Jacobson if you need a copy of this information in a hurry - I can help)