What Is Constitution Day?
On May 24, 2005 the U. S. Department of Education announced that all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to provide educational programs pertaining to the United States Consititution. The United States Government has designated September 17 of every year as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the U. S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Should the 17th of September fall on a weekend, Constitution Day may be celebrated during the following or the preceeding week.
Constitution Day invites us to become more aware of and familiar with our Constitution. By providing information about what our Constitution means, colleges, universities and schools across the country will help foster informed citizenship.
Informational Links to the United States Constitution.
The Constitution - Scanned Image of the Document
From the National Archives, this page provides a high resolution image file of the original document, as well as accompanying text files. The site also provides additional, useful informational links
Constitución de los Estados Unidos de América
A Spanish translation of the United States Constitution maintained as part of the Political Database of the Americas site at Georgetown University. This site also features the Constitutions and Constitutional Studies page which provides information on political constitutions throughout the Americas..
Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention (1774 -1789)
From the Library of Congress, "the Continental Congress Broadside Collection (253 titles) and the Constitutional Convention Broadside Collection (21 titles) contain 274 documents relating to the work of Congress and the drafting and ratification of the Constitution. Items include extracts of the journals of Congress, resolutions, proclamations, committee reports, treaties, and early printed versions of the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence." A wealth of materials from the rare book and manuscript collection of the Library of Congress.
National Constitution Day Center Site
Online exhibits and podcasts from the National Consitution Day center.
The Federalist Papers
While commercial, this About.com site contains the full text of the Federalist Papers, as well as commentary, related resources and discussion on the subject.
United States Senate Page on the Constitution
A discussion on creation of Constitution Day.
Centuries of Citizenship: Timeline of the Constitution
"The Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline" is an online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history. These timeline entries, taken as a whole, tell the evolving story of the U.S. Constitution and the continuing role that it plays. You may view them in two formats, depending on the bandwidth your internet connection provides. This site was created by the National Constitution Center, an informational organization and museum whose main site provides extensive material on the U. S. Constitution and on contemporary constitutional issues.
Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
Part of the larger website of the National Archives, these pages provide biographies of America's Founding Fathers organized by State.
National Constitution Center
This is the website of the Constitutional Center, an interactive museum and non-partisan resource center. This web page features links to information from the museums changing exhibits. This website is maintained in part by the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach
Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day
Official document from the Federal Register.
A very user friendly site created by the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics. These pages on the Constitution feature multimedia civics programs to help students and citizens of all ages better understand the pillars of democracy. You can also visit the general Civics Pages here.
Constitution Day - Justice Learning
A program for educational events created for secondary schools and community colleges. Justice Talking, NPR's award-winning radio series-in cooperation with the National Archives and Records Administration, the New York Times Knowledge Network, and other partners-will broadcast two programs online and via satellite. Any school or group may show the programs-and build their own educational events around them-without charge.
CQ Press - In Context: Celebrating Constitution Day
Contains full text documents on Lesson Plans, Background on the Constitution, Pro/Con Debates on Constitutional Issues from the CQ Researcher, Government Powers, and Constitutional Factoids.
ERDSITEment - The Best of the Humanities on the Web
Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site "brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom." During September, the Constitution is features heavily. Specific educational pages on the Constitution can be found here.
This site, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers lesson plans searchable by topic and grade level, including:
Federal Resources: Constitutional Resources
This government site provides a wealth of resources on the Constitution for teachers including lesson plans and educational materials from various federal agencies.
LLRX: The Government Domain - Constitution Day
Covers Constitution Day, with links to government documents and related Historical Documents, sample speeches, and teaching resources.
Teaching With Documents: Observing Constitution Day
The National Archives Digital Classroom.