Lesson Plans

The following supplemental lessons complement the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution textbooks and enhance students' understanding of constitutional history and government.

013111-Constitution Constitution Day
September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Commemorate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day with free, downloadable lessons for Grades K–12. Each lesson includes teacher instructions.


013111-Washington George Washington
This lesson looks at the legacy of George Washington, perhaps the most influential leader in the creation of the American nation. Through his achievements as commander-in-chief during the Revolution, in support of the drafting and ratification of the Constitution, and as first president, Washington was instrumental in transforming the ideals of the Revolution into reality. His career as soldier, revolutionary, constitution-maker, and chief executive of a new nation demanded a range of skills and talents with few precedents in history.


013111-Madison James Madison
This lesson examines the legacy of the "philosopher statesman," James Madison. Madison combined the intellectual knowledge and creativity of the scholar with the practical savvy of the politician, a man of strong principles who also realized the value of compromise. He was one of the principal architects of the U.S. Constitution and political institutions that continue to shape our nation's life today. In his ability to translate ideas into action Madison also exemplified what has become an important characteristic of American citizenship.


013111-Lincoln Abraham Lincoln
This lesson traces the rise of Abraham Lincoln from his humble beginnings to the presidency of the United States. It also examines Lincoln’s ideas and decisions regarding slavery and the use of presidential power to preserve the Federal Union during the Civil War.


013111-ReaganRonald Reagan
This lesson examines our fortieth president, sometimes called "The Great Communicator." Ronald Reagan began his career in media, became governor of California, and served two terms as president of the United States. During his presidency he dealt with the spread of communism in Grenada, the air traffic controllers' strike, and negotiated a nuclear arms treaty with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.

911 lesson 9/11 and the Constitution
The anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 provides us an opportunity to reflect upon who we are as Americans, examine our most fundamental values and principles and affirm our commitment to them, and evaluate progress toward the realization of American ideals and propose actions that might narrow the gap between these ideals and reality. The 9/11 and the Constitution lessons are designed to accomplish these goals.


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