Constitution Day

September 17, Constitution Day so named because that was the day in 1787, that 39 men signed the Constitution, is the focus of a series of activities designed to simulate a Constitutional convention and open a study of the US Constitution.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Project your notes, grouped according to the five questions (who made the decisions, how were they made, etc.) and provide time for class members to consider them before launching the discussion of the opening activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Class members must be familiar with the New Jersey Plan, the Virginia Plan, and the background of the arguments for and against the legal protection of the institution of slavery
Pros

  • The resource packet includes links to additional resources and activities
Cons

  • The resource would work best as a way to generate interest in a more in-depth study of the Constitution