COLLEGES TO OBSERVE CONSTITUTION AND CITIZENSHIP DAY – SEPTEMBER 17TH
This year Constitution Day is on Thursday, September 17.
As a Title IV Eligible Institution, it is a requirement to recognize and participate in Constitution Day, on September 17th of each year.
Looking for ideas to bring the Constitution to life on your campus? Check out these easy tips:
• Have a discussion during class on the U.S. Constitution.
• Create Student Activity Programming, such as: having all students sign the Constitution, comparing another country’s Constitution to ours, or having students get together and recite the preamble to the Constitution.
• Hand out information on the Constitution. There is a booklet entitled “Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence” (Pocket Edition) which is available for purchase through various bookstores.
• Visit the National Archives website that contains information about the entire Constitution. http://www.archives.gov/national_archives_experience/charters/constitution.html
There is also a private website dedicated entirely to Constitution Day, which can be useful for planning events. The website contains educational materials, flyers, and other information pertinent to the celebration of Constitution Day and can be found through the following link: http://www.constitutionday.com/
September 17 is Constitution Day.
Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention.
Each Educational institution receiving Federal funding is required to hold an educational program for its students about the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. Since it became a requirement in 2005, schools and colleges across the country have commemorated the day with a variety of educational programs, lectures and events to inform students about the constitution, their rights and their responsibilities as Americans.
Today, at the intersection of liberty and tyranny this programming is especially important on college campuses.
To aid in planning your Constitution Day activities we’ve created a list of five exceptional resources for schools:
- Get a Free copy of the U.S. Constitution from the National Archives website.
- Sign up for “Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases,” an on-demand course that starts with the creation of the Constitution and wraps up with modern issues and how the Constitution is applied to them. The course includes 24 short videos, a study guide, and quizzes. University of Pennsylvania law professor Kermit Roosevelt is the lecturer.
- The Annenberg Classroom has a free brochure about teaching the Constitution which provides more than 60 additional resources from interactive games on the Constitution to downloadable books to engage your students.
- Check out the resources on ConstitutionDay.com The website contains educational materials, flyers, and other information to help you celebrate Constitution Day right.
- The Library of Congress American Memory site provides several special presentations including “The Making of the U.S. Constitution” which provides Transcription of the Introduction and the U.S. Constitution
from the First Volume of the Annals of Congress.
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Celebrate Constitution Day – September 16th 2016!
As a Title IV Eligible Institution, it is a requirement to recognize and participate in Constitution Day, on September 17th of each year. Since that’s a Saturday this year, colleges and universities across the country will be celebrating on Friday, September 16th. As is the case each year, be sure to document your institution’s activities.
Looking for ideas? Check out these constitution day resources: