On September 17, 1787 delegates to the Constitutional Convention, convened in Philadelphia and met for one last time to sign the document that they had worked so hard to create. 2013 marks the 226th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.
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Out of the 13 original colonies, North Carolina became the 12th to sign the Constitution on November 21, 1789. The founding fathers from North Carolina wereWilliam Blount
,Richard Dobbs Spaight
, andHugh Williamson
The anniversary of the signing is called Constitution Day. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. Constitution Day has been observed in schools and universities for many years and in 2004 an amendment was added to a bill that mandated that every year on September 17th schools that receive federal funds would teach about the Constitution.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Teacher Resources
The U.S. Constitution in Today’s Newspaper
, provided by N.C. Press Foundation, is a downloadable educational resource. It offers teaching ideas for using news to show the Constitution in action. Other series provide background information about the Constitution and North Carolina.
Saluting the Constitution
, also provided by N.C. Press Foundation, is a supplement that discusses how the Americans have put our constitution to use, asks "Do you know enough about the Constitution to become a citizen?", provides insights into who represented N.C. at the Constitutional Convention, and more.
Find more resources on the NC Press Foundation website'sConstitution Day and Citizenship Day page
including activity pages to download and lesson plan ideas.
Read thefull text of the US Constitution
on the Constitution Day website.
Get a Free Pocket Size U.S. Constitution Book
- "The U.S. Constitution & Fascinating Facts About It", Test your Constitution knowledge with the Interactive Quiz - "What’s Your Constitution IQ?" and access the U.S. Constitution Day Toolkit atwww.constitutionfacts.com
Question of the Week
How do you celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in your classroom? Share your favorite acvitity and lesson ideas in the comments below.