Bill of Rights Institute Celebrates Ten Years on Constitution Day
On September 17, 2009, the Bill of Rights Institute will celebrate its tenth anniversary with new educational materials for Constitution Day. The Bill of Rights Institute's newest Lesson, Current Events and the Constitution will debut on Constitution Day. This interactive resource leads students to answer the question "Why Does the Constitution Matter?" Students will continue the discussion with their peers on the Bill of Rights Institute's FacebookŪ page and can take the Which Founder are You? quiz. All materials can be accessed at www.BillofRightsInstitute.org/CD9. Other free resources include an interactive Online module that allows students to "travel through time" to converse with the Founders and report on the Constitutional Convention. They will also match quotes with the Founders who said them, and complete a constitutional crossword puzzle.
Available for download is a 12-page Celebrate the Constitution: Why Do We Have a Constitution? activity booklet. The free booklet features interactive games and content that informs readers about constitutional principles such as freedom of speech, republican government and federalism, how a bill becomes a law, and the history behind the Constitution and Constitutional Convention. "We are truly grateful to our supporters and the teachers we have worked with for helping us reconnect young Americans to our Founding principles," said Victoria Hughes, Bill of Rights Institute President and Founder. In ten years, the organization has grown to include 22 staff, with over 450 teachers and university professors serving as partners and consultants. More than 16,000 teachers have participated in the Institute's professional development programs and over 40,000 have used its instructional materials.
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