Constitution Day Information and Lesson Plans
Constitution Day is September 17. Federally-funded educational institutions are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on Constitution Day. See the Federal Register: May 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 99).
The National Archives and Records Administration is the nation's record keeper, and as such is home to more than 10 billion original documents. Perhaps the most important document that the National Archives houses is the Constitution of the United States of America. Millions of additional documents can be found in the National Archives nationwide that relate to the Constitution and serve as primary sources when studying the Constitution in your classroom. Congress has mandated that all "educational institutions that receive Federal funds for the fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the Constitution on September 17 . . . for the students." The National Archives has many resources available to you and your students for holding such an educational program. The lessons contained in this packet are just two ideas that you can use in your classroom when celebrating Constitution Day. They contain primary source documents from the holdings at the National Archives at Kansas City.