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Constitution and Citizenship Day Resources

Resources for educators to support Constitution and Citizenship Day activities. These external resources should be carefully reviewed before use in the classroom.

The United States Congress and the President have enacted a provision of law requiring every educational institution receiving federal funds to “hold an educational program” on September 17 of each year in observance of “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.”


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The Institute develops instructional materials and educational programs that engage students and teachers with America's founding documents and principles.

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The California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, is an effort sponsored by the California Coalition for Civic Renewal, a group of concerned California individuals and organizations seeking to enlist support of education, business, law, veterans, labor, parents, and service groups around the state to promote civic education in California.  They join other civic organizations to present an annual Constitution Day Conference for educators each September.

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The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in California. The principal goals of the Center's programs are to help students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. Ultimately, the Center strives to develop an enlightened citizenry by working to increase understanding of the principles, values, institutions, and history of constitutional democracy among teachers, students, and the general public.

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In celebration of Constitution Day, the Library of Congress has compiled a variety of materials from across its collections. Explore these rich resources and features to learn more about one of America’s most important documents.

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Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today. They provide technical assistance and training to teachers, coordinate civic participation projects in schools and communities, organize student conferences and competitions, and develop publications.  

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The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” The Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibitions and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition. The Center hosts information and resources about Constitution Day.

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The National Archives and Records Administration celebrates Constitution Day by presenting activities, lesson plans, and information. They encourage teachers and students at all levels to learn more about our Constitution and government.

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“Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids” uses the image of Benjamin Franklin to organize information for different grade levels, as well as for parents and teachers. The site includes information on historical documents, citizenship, the election process, branches of government, and more. It also has games and classroom activities.

Questions:   Professional Learning Innovations Office | 916-323-6269
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 10, 2019