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Historic Documents: U.S. Constitution

These sites cover the history of the Constitution of the United States. Includes information about the Constitution’s signers and the Articles of Confederation, a document that some consider the original constitution. Classroom activity ideas are included. There are links to eThemes Resources on the branches of government and the Bill of Rights.


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DocsTeach is an online tool for teaching with documents, from the National Archives. This is a collection of primary sources and activities for learning about the US constitution.
This lesson plan is by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. It is about separation of powers, checks and balances, Federalism, and limited government. The objectives of the lesson are for students to define key features of the United States Constitution, analyze political cartoons in relationship to key principles of the Constitution. teach one Constitution principle to the other members of the class and demonstrate understanding of the Constitution through individual writing.
Learn about the three branches of government that the Constitution established.
This is the official site of the Constitution hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration. Students can view scanned images of the Constitution as well as view pages of questions and answers.
In this game, students are responsible for developing a constitution and then viewing the outcome.
Explore the links to learn more about the delegates at the Constitutional Convention. Includes classroom activities for teachers.
Read a brief biography about James Madison, the "Father of the Constitution."
These are lesson plans that focus on America's Freedom Documents, including the Constitution. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Print out this word search that uses vocabulary words relating to the Constitution.
Read about this first form of our constitution. See the actual document in "Read the Original." Read the text in "Text Version." NOTE: The site includes ads and pop-up ads.
This site has biographies for the Articles of Confederation signers. NOTE: The site includes ads.
These sites are about the Bill of Rights, which are the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution. View the actual document and read each amendment. Includes ideas for classroom activities about the amendments and what they mean to Americans.
Learn about the executive branch of the United States Government. Topics include the American president, the presidential cabinet, executive agencies, and presidential history. Includes audio of radio addresses and virtual tours of the White House. Also has information on Camp David and Air Force One.
These sites explain the role of the Supreme Court and the judicial branch of government. Includes information on the justices, explanations of court proceedings, summaries of landmark cases, and a Webquest.
Learn all about the U.S. Congress and how it operates. Other topics include how laws are made, how to write a bill, and how to contact your elected official. Includes interactive virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol.

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