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Sep 15, 2021 2021-09-15

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Historical Foundations Through Storytelling

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, commemorating the signing of the United States Constitution in 1787. The National Constitution Center brings innovative teaching tools to the classroom for use on Constitution Day and year-round. The organization’s framework for learning integrates three main components: Historical Foundations through Storytelling, Constitutional Interpretation Skills, and Civil Dialogue and Reflection. This approach provides a strong foundation in the Founding stories and judicial interpretations of the US Constitution. It teaches learners of all ages to separate their political views from their constitutional views—asking not what the government should do, but what it constitutionally may do. And it teaches students to think like constitutional scholars by providing nonpartisan information about the Constitution, along with educational resources and platforms to support civil discourse in classrooms and across the country. This year’s calendar is devoted to the separation of powers and the battle among the branches. Every month the calendar features informational graphics exploring topics such as the role and responsibilities of each branch of government, the separation of powers among the branches, and the concept and principles of federalism. The calendar also includes historic birthdays, anniversaries, and constitutional trivia, as well as the latest information on the Constitution Center’s 2021–22 programs to help teachers plan a full year of constitutional learning.

Social Studies Reading/English/Language Arts Civic Literacy Digital Literacy

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