"In many ways, the nation's history can be read as a struggle to embrace who 'We the People' are."Here are some books and web links to help you plan your recognition of one of the greatest documents in human history -- The Constitution.
BOOKS FOR CONSTITUTION DAY:
1787 by Joan Anderson
Historical fiction from the point of view of James Madison's aide during the Constitutional Convention.
We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow
The Preamble in kid-friendly language.
Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
A fun and fact-filled account of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Illustrated by Tomie dePaola.
D Is For Democracy: A Citizen's Alphabet by Elissa Grodin
An A-Z trip through our country's democratic form of government.
Everyone Counts: A Citizen's Number Book by Elissa Grodin
This tour of U.S. governments is number based. (How many justices on the Supreme Court?)
If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy
The story of the signing of the constitution in question/answer format.
A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy Maestro
An excellent, well-balanced version of the story of the constitution.
We the People by Peter Spier
This beautifully illustrated 1987 classic is out of print. Check your library for availability.
WEBSITES FOR CONSTITUTION DAY:
Blackwell's Best: Constitution Day
A huge collection of links for Constitution Day.
The Constitution For Kids
From the U.S. Constitution Online comes this EXCELLENT site which translates the Constitution into kid-friendly language. The link is for K-3 students, but you can navigate to versions for older kids from this page.
Constitution Day activities for the Anti-Bias Classroom.
Lessons and links from the group that founded Constitution Day.
Teaching With Documents: Observing Constitution Day
Lessons from the National Archives site.
Celebrate Constitution Day
Lessons from The Bill of Rights Institute site.