Educator Resources

Middle School Distance Learning Programs

Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! Our interactive programs feature primary sources from our holdings. Each program aligns with National Social Studies Standards  and Common Core State Standards. We also provide teacher guides with pre- and post-program lessons. 

Point-to-point distance learning programs are available Tuesday–Thursday and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. We can deliver up to four programs per school per day. For schools with over four classes, we recommend connecting with two to three classes at a time. You can connect your class via traditional videoconferencing equipment or online with a webcam, microphone, and speakers.

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The Charters of Freedom: Building a More Perfect Union


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The Charters of Freedom: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights

Guiding Question:

Why do the Charters of Freedom (Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights) exist?


During this pilot program, students will analyze opening passages of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. They will create a graphic organizer to help them distinguish the Charters of Freedom by their purpose. Next, students will match document excerpts to each excerpt’s origin – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights. The program will conclude with a discussion about the legacy of these founding documents

  • For grades 6–12
  • 45–60 minutes
  • No required pre-program lesson


The Constitution at Work: Middle School Edition

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Guiding Question:

How does the Constitution check and balance power?


Students will analyze primary sources to examine the powers of the Federal Government and discover how the Constitution created a stronger central government compared to the Articles of Confederation. They will also discover how the Constitution checks and balances power between the three branches of government and between the Federal Government and state governments. 

  • For grades 6–8
  • 45–60 minutes


The Bill of Rights in Real Life

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Guiding Question:

Why should we care about the Bill of Rights?


Students will focus on the rights and limitations within the Bill of Rights. They will identify Bill of Rights issues using historical scenarios from the holdings of the National Archives and learn why it is important for citizens to know their rights.

  • For grades 6–8
  • 45–60 minutes


Teacher Guide




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