“We the People of the United States, in order to form a perfect Union” isn’t merely the first statement in the constitutional passage, it’s a piece of text that describes secured freedoms and speaks to the commitment shared by people and country.
The need for more young people to acknowledge the importance of the constitution can’t be overstated enough. While most teachers are obliged to teach a lesson on the constitution on the 17th of September, within many institutions, young people don’t learn the constitution until they’re older. They aren’t formally introduced to the constitution until they enter the seventh or eighth grade, but it’s important that young people become acquainted early.
For those teachers who struggle with how figuring out how to artfully teach the constitution to students, find some helpful suggestion below:
- Video Footage | Young people love visuals, and nothing catches their eye like videos and animation. If you’re having trouble communicating the more tenuous? Bits of information verbally, then try making a video and showing it in the case. Use the video footage to introduce new topics and new themes. Let your personality shine through, as you present incredible new concepts and vocabulary. When the video ends, you can ask your classroom questions about the subjects raised during in the video, such as the distribution of representatives or slavery.
- Exciting Books | Each year, more books are produced, which highlight the importance complexities of the U.S. Constitutions. Among them, “We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States,” “We the People: The Story of Our Constitution,” “Constitution Translated for Kids,” and much more.
- Make The World Your Classroom | Rather than sitting in a stuffy classroom, take your students out into the world. Young people enjoy experiencing their education, and the best way to do that is to visit courthouses, visit state capitol buildings, and museums. Take your students anywhere, where they might learn the important role played by judges, lawyers, or politicians. Also, try shaking it up by inviting a lawyer or a historian into your classroom.
- Design Your Classroom Constitution | A great way to teach children the fundamentals of a process is by letting them complete a similar process. Thus, you may want to allow your students to write their classroom constitution. The mission could second as an opportunity for students to design their own classroom rules.
- Create a Historical Timeline | Create a timeline, which will help your students to highlight critical historical events. Using an online timeline composing tool, students can write in their descriptions of events.
- Play Games | Games are fun, and they can help us all to learn. Try designing a game whereby students remain engaged and excited, and they learn about the three branches of government at the same time. Two easy options are 4 Corners and Tic-Tac-Toe.
If you have any other thoughts or ideas about how to inspire your students, whether that dressing up and hosting a debate, please share!