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This collection includes resources that support teaching the fundamentals of the U.S. Constitution.

Students will understand the issues involved in the creation and ratification of the United States Constitution, the new government it established, and its continuing significance.

Separation of Powers


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Separation of Powers

The framers of the Constitution feared too much centralized power, adopting the philosophy of divide and conquer.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 951
  • Favorites: 68
Federalism


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Federalism

Federalism is one of the most important and innovative concepts in the U.S. Constitution, although the word never appears there. Federalism is the sharing of power between national and state governments.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 829
  • Favorites: 71
Equality


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Equality

In the wake of the Civil War, three amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 279
  • Favorites: 51
Rights


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Rights

What is a right, and where does it come from? A right is a power or privilege that is recognized by tradition or law.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Views: 406
  • Favorites: 51
13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1865) and Resource Materials


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13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1865) and Resource Materials

This document includes an image of the 1865 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 408
  • Favorites: 51
Constitution of the United States (1787) and Resource Materials


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Constitution of the United States (1787) and Resource Materials

This document includes images of the 1787 Constitution of the United States.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 558
  • Favorites: 80
The Constitution: Fixed or Flexible?


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The Constitution: Fixed or Flexible?

This Democracy in America activity outlines the foundation and design of the Constitution, as well as controversial "hot spots" in the historic document.

  • Grades: 12-13+
  • Views: 259
  • Favorites: 24
The Constitution at Work


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The Constitution at Work

In this activity, students will analyze documents that span the course of American history to determine their connection to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Grades: 8-11
  • Views: 540
  • Favorites: 68
17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators (1913) and Resource Materials


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17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Direct Election of U.S. Senators (1913) and Resource Materials

This is an image of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 204
  • Favorites: 23
14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1868) and Resource Materials


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14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1868) and Resource Materials

This document includes images of the 1868 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 372
  • Favorites: 48
15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1870) and Resource Materials


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15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1870) and Resource Materials

This document includes an image of the 1870 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 232
  • Favorites: 41
Constitution


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Constitution

This Library of Congress educational unit includes newspaper articles, notes, and original documents, which trace the process of drafting and adopting the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 553
  • Favorites: 78
We the People


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We the People

In this activity, students will examine the original and final drafts of the Constitution and evaluate the significance of the wording differences in the Preamble.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 680
  • Favorites: 127
Election Foundations


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Election Foundations

This video provides students with background information on why the United States holds presidential elections.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 303
  • Favorites: 55
19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Women's Right to Vote (1920) and Resource Materials


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19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Women's Right to Vote (1920) and Resource Materials

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote in elections.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 590
  • Favorites: 43
16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913) and Resource Materials


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16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Federal Income Tax (1913) and Resource Materials

Passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified February 3, 1913, the 16th amendment established Congress's right to impose a Federal income tax.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 421
  • Favorites: 24
A More Perfect Union


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A More Perfect Union

In A More Perfect Union, Peter Sagal explores the Constitution’s most striking and innovative feature: its resilient brand of federalism.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 970
  • Favorites: 68
Created Equal


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Created Equal

In this episode of CONSTITUTION USA, Peter Sagal explores the high ideals of the Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal,” endowed with “inalienable rights,” that didn’t make it into the Constitution in 1787.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 458
  • Favorites: 51
It's a Free Country


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It's a Free Country

Ask Americans what the Constitution’s most important feature is, and most will say it’s the guarantees of liberty enshrined in the Bill of Rights. In this episode, Peter Sagal explores the history of the Bill of Rights.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 808
  • Favorites: 55
We the People


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We the People

Peter Sagal travels to Iceland where leaders decided to create a new constitution, turning to the U.S. Constitution for inspiration. This prompts Peter to consider why our own founding document has been able to last for more than 225 years.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 641
  • Favorites: 52