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Ch 4: The US Constitution Lesson Plans

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Get comprehensive lesson plans on the US Constitution by going through this chapter. Each lesson plan is dedicated to a different topic that your students will need to know.

The US Constitution Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

You can better prepare for teaching your students about the US Constitution by utilizing the lesson plans you can find in this chapter. Our lesson plans are specifically designed to provide your students with the best means of learning about this subject. Included in this chapter are lesson plans on the:

  • Preamble and articles of the Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • Amendments

The chapter also includes lessons on each topic, corresponding to the specific lesson plans. You can use these lessons to provide your students with additional help on these topics.

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  • Comprehensive analysis: Provides summary and analysis of the different parts of the US Constitution and significant amendments
  • Important dates: Goes over the significant dates relevant to the Constitution or individual amendments
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  • Find lesson plans for specific US Constitution topics you want to cover in class.
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  • Share the related US Constitution lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important Constitutional concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant US Constitution-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

37 Lessons in Chapter 4: The US Constitution Lesson Plans
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The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

1. The US Constitution: Preamble, Articles and Amendments

The U.S. Constitution is one of the most important documents in history. It establishes the government of the United States, and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, assures every U.S. citizen the rights we have all come to hold dear.

Preamble Lesson Plan for Elementary School

2. Preamble Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the preamble to the Constitution with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson alongside the preamble to gain a better understanding of its meaning and importance, then apply concepts in active learning modules.

Preamble to the Constitution Lesson for Kids

3. Preamble to the Constitution Lesson for Kids

If you were writing a Constitution for a new country, how could you begin to make people understand how important what you're about to say is? Find out why the Founding Fathers used the words they did in the Constitution's preamble and why it is still so important over 200 years later.

Preamble Activities & Games for Kids

4. Preamble Activities & Games for Kids

Looking for fun ways to study the preamble to the US Constitution with your students? This lesson contains some ideas that are sure to be meaningful and engaging additions to your lesson.

Constitution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

5. Constitution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Young students thrive on rules and order. Teach them how the Founding Fathers built the country on these same principles with this Constitution lesson plan. Students learn what the Constitution is and about the three branches of government it establishes, then analyze the wording of the Preamble.

The US Constitution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

6. The US Constitution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Rules try to make it clear what behaviors are expected and allowed. What rights do you think that all children in your home or school should have? That's what the framers of the United States Constitution got to decide.

The U.S. Constitution Activities & Games

7. The U.S. Constitution Activities & Games

Teaching the US Constitution is not always the most exciting topic for teachers or students. However, there are some strategies to make it creative, fun, and educational.

Supremacy Clause Lesson Plan

8. Supremacy Clause Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to introduce students to the U.S. Constitution's supremacy clause. Through a research/presentation activity along with a small writing assignment, students will summarize several supremacy clause court cases as well as define pertinent academic vocabulary in context.

Slavery & the Constitution Lesson Plan

9. Slavery & the Constitution Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores a dark time in history, slavery, and the American colony's attempt to address it in the Constitution. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

The Issue of Slavery in the American Constitution

10. The Issue of Slavery in the American Constitution

Slavery was a divisive issue in the United States from the beginning. In this lesson, we'll see how debate over slavery directly impacted the drafting and amending of the US Constitution.

Constitutional Amendments Lesson Plan

11. Constitutional Amendments Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach the many amendments of the U.S. constitution, test the students' knowledge of them, and provide an in-depth activity from which the entire class can benefit.

U.S. Constitutional Amendments: Definition, Summary & Order

12. U.S. Constitutional Amendments: Definition, Summary & Order

There have been 27 amendments to the US Constitution. Some of them have been better ideas than others. Read about the end of slavery, the rights of women and why the police have to follow the law just like everybody else.

Eminent Domain Lesson Plan

13. Eminent Domain Lesson Plan

What is eminent domain and what does it mean for property owners? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key points about eminent domain. An activity connects students with actual cases of eminent domain.

What is Eminent Domain? - Definition, History & Examples

14. What is Eminent Domain? - Definition, History & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the meaning of eminent domain, the government's right to exercise the power of eminent domain and examples of eminent domain.

The Supremacy Clause: Definition & Example

15. The Supremacy Clause: Definition & Example

This lesson will cover the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states that if a federal law and a state law come into conflict with one another, the federal law will take priority over the state law.

14th Amendment Lesson Plan

16. 14th Amendment Lesson Plan

If you want to help your students feel really confident in understanding 'legalese,' then this lesson plan on the 14th Amendment, which uses an activity to highlight the due process clause, is just what you need!

14th Amendment: Definition & Summary

17. 14th Amendment: Definition & Summary

Although the Civil War officially ended slavery, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution cemented its demise. Develop an understanding of the 14th Amendment and test your knowledge with a short quiz.

19th Amendment Lesson Plan

18. 19th Amendment Lesson Plan

This lesson plan examines the background, process and impact of the 19th Amendment. Work through key facts, organizations and people of the 19th Amendment with students, then have them compare primary and secondary documents to modern-day women's rights.

What is the 19th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Date Ratified

19. What is the 19th Amendment? - Definition, Summary & Date Ratified

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees all women the right to vote. Let's take a look at the lengthy and arduous path traveled by women seeking not only the right to vote, but also acknowledgment of citizenship.

13th Amendment Lesson Plan

20. 13th Amendment Lesson Plan

What was the 13th Amendment and how did it change our country's history? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to explain the evolution and impact of this amendment. An activity provides students with the opportunity for guided analysis of the 13th Amendment.

What is the 13th Amendment? - Summary, Definition & Ratification

21. What is the 13th Amendment? - Summary, Definition & Ratification

Gaining equal rights as citizens has been a long and drawn out process for African Americans. Learn how the 13th Amendment started this process by eliminating the institution of slavery.

Civil War Amendments Lesson Plan

22. Civil War Amendments Lesson Plan

If you are discussing the post-Civil War era or the U.S. Constitution, this lesson plan is a great addition as it explores the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, and engage in a research/presentation activity. A quiz will demonstrate students' learning.

The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

23. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.

How to Amend the Constitution Lesson Plan

24. How to Amend the Constitution Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, we help our students understand the processes and difficulties that can arise when amending the U.S. Constitution. We do this through class discussion and a mock amendment process within the class.

The Process of Amending the Constitution

25. The Process of Amending the Constitution

Amending the United States Constitution is a complicated process. It's only been accomplished 27 times. This lesson outlines the process by which the U.S. Constitution can be amended.

Constitution Day Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Constitution Day Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Students will enjoy learning about Constitution Day with the help of this lesson plan. After learning about the history behind the document itself, students will participate in activities that will help them celebrate Constitution Day.

Constitution Day: Lesson for Kids

27. Constitution Day: Lesson for Kids

There are a number of holidays in the United States that celebrate the independence of America. In this lesson, you will learn about Constitution Day, its history, and how Americans celebrate it each year.

Constitution Day Lesson Plan

28. Constitution Day Lesson Plan

Constitution Day, held annually on September 17th in the United States, is the focus of this lesson plan. Through activities examining the development of the holiday and the U.S. Constitution itself, students will share their learning through oral presentations and role playing.

Constitution Day: Importance, Purpose & Facts

29. Constitution Day: Importance, Purpose & Facts

The Constitution is an incredibly important document in the United States. In this lesson, we are going to check out the history and motivation behind the holiday celebrating this document.

Constitution Day Activities for Kids

30. Constitution Day Activities for Kids

Celebrating Constitution Day with your students on September 17th? Read on for several activity ideas for use in the elementary classroom. Use any or all of these activities to make Constitution Day a memorable experience for your students.

Equal Rights Lesson Plan

31. Equal Rights Lesson Plan

Are men and women guaranteed equal rights in the United States of America? This lesson plan explores the issue of equal rights with the help of a text lesson. An activity places students in the role of activists.

Equal Rights Amendment: Definition, History, Pros & Cons

32. Equal Rights Amendment: Definition, History, Pros & Cons

Explore the history and significance of the Equal Rights Amendment and test your understanding of American history, the politics of equality, and American activism.

US Constitution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. US Constitution Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What laws and rights are included in the Constitution of the United States? This lesson plan helps students answer that question through the use of a text lesson. An activity reinterprets the US Constitution at the classroom level.

Amendments of the U.S. Constitution Activities for High School

34. Amendments of the U.S. Constitution Activities for High School

Learning about the amendments to the United States Constitution helps students understand the rights guaranteed to individuals and states. Use these activities to assist your students in exploring the constitutional amendments.

U.S. Constitution Activities for High School

35. U.S. Constitution Activities for High School

The United States Constitution provides essential guidance in the governance of the nation, ultimately affecting the daily lives of Americans. Consider using these activities to help students understand the Constitution and its importance.

Constitution Lesson Plan

36. Constitution Lesson Plan

Don't let your students snooze through your instruction on the Constitution. A video lesson delivers information in an engaging manner to prepare students to analyze constitutional dilemmas. If you wish to further this instruction, take advantage of our suggestions for extensions and related lessons.

15th Amendment Lesson Plan

37. 15th Amendment Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with activities to instruct their students about voting rights included in the Fifteenth Amendment. Students will watch a video lesson and create a newspaper story that describes these rights.

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