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It's that time-- Constitution Day is around the corner! We were excited to receive a George Washington portrait as part of an amazing portrait program at Mount Vernon, and are launching school activities in honor of his role in the early American republic. As part of our search for great activities and primary sources we stopped first at two of the premier resources for historical documents: the Library of Congress and the National Archives. So in honor of the Constitution and our first president, here are some really neat resources to use in the classroom for Constitution Day, parked in one spot for easy reference! Have fun...
You can find out about the portrait program here:
And all the cool primary source lessons here:
Primary Source Resources from the Library of Congress and National Archives
Constitution Day Resources from the Library of Congress
Outstanding collection of resources from our national library. A wealth of ideas and primary sources to engage students in inquiry in the classroom. One of the first go-to spots for teachers for great activities and resources!
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress: Timeline
A timeline of the George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress with embedded primary sources.
Constitution Day Activities Blog from the Library of Congress
Recent Library of Congress Blog on Constitution Day Resources from the Library of Congress.
Free Speech and the Constitution: Library of Congress Resources on You Tube
Check out this resource in honor of Constitution Day on the Library of Congress YouTube channel (And there are some other neat ones there too!)
Washington’s Annotated First Draft of the Constitution: National Archives
Zoomable annotated draft (by Washington) of the Constitution
Signers of the Constitution: National Archives Activity
Great photo analysis activity using a well-known painting in the National Archives Collection
Comprehensive Overview of the Constitution: National Archives Charters of Freedom Online Resource
Excellent reference for an overview of the Constitutional Convention
Questions and Answers on the Constitution from the National Archives
Ever have an unanswered question on the Constitution? Our National Archives probably has the answer!http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_q_and_a.html
Behind the Scenes Video of Important Treasures of the National Archives
This is a great curator hosted video highlighting treasures of the National Archives (Be sure to explore other treasures of the National Archives on their You Tube Channel!)