Educational Resources

K-12 Lesson Plans and Student Resources

The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource)
  • Explore ConSource’s free digital library of primary source documents, including:
    • The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Amendments 11 – 27
    • Precursors to the Constitution (including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Mayflower Compact, Magna Carta and English Bill of Rights)
    • Colonial charters and state constitutions before 1787
    • The Federalist Papers
    • Anti-Federalist and Pro-Federalist Papers
    • James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention
    • Select correspondences between delegates to the Constitutional Convention
    • Selections from 10 state ratifying conventions
    • The legislative history of the Bill of Rights
    • 55 influential political sermons
    • Correspondence and papers of George Mason
  • Constitutional Index – connects users to historical documents related to each article, section, clause and amendment in the United States Constitution.
  • Explore free K-12 lesson plans about United States Constitutional history here.
  • Explore the 1787 Constitutional Convention on the ConSource blog.
  • Free video lectures by historians and scholars are available here and here.
Essentials in Education
  • United States Constitution Reader – curriculum resource that traces the history of the United States Constitution through primary source documents. The reader includes student activities
The National Constitution Center
  • Constitution Hall Pass – free webcast and live chat series that brings American history and the Constitution to life.
  • Interactive Constitution – explore the text and history of the Constitution.
  • The Constitution Happened Here – an online destination that celebrates constitutional and local history in Philadelphia and beyond through student-generated content including video, audio, text and photographs.
  • Constitution FAQs – Get all of your questions about the Constitution answered.
  • Explore K-12 Lesson Plans related to the Constitution and current events here.
  • Play educational games about the Constitution and American history here.
  • Learn more about the Founding Fathers here.
  • Constitution Daily Blog
The Ashbrook Center’s TeachingAmericanHistory.org
The Joe Foss Institute
  • Veterans Inspiring Patriotism – Through the Veterans Inspiring Patriotism (VIP) program, trained presenters, all Veterans, share personal stories while also delivering educational material which specifically focuses on the roots of our democracy: the U.S. Flag, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  • “You Are America” Civics Series – Students learn about the very roots of American democracy — the U.S Flag, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights – through free educational videos and corresponding lesson plans.
Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project
  • “We the Students” Textbook – introduces the informal curriculum of school life into the formal curriculum of classes on law, government, and American History.
  • “Youth Justice in America” Textbook – explores tough, important questions, such as: What is a crime? How can order be enforced without sacrificing constitutional liberties and civil rights? Should juvenile offenders be treated differently from adult offenders? What are the aims of criminal punishment?
Hillsdale College
  • The Constitution Minute – a series of brief, informative radio messages designed to improve your understanding of the meaning and history of the U.S. Constitution.
Roots of Liberty
  • Roots of Liberty: Unlocking the Federalist Papers, a series of essays, appropriate for high school students, written by Federalist Society scholars unifying key topics and themes throughout the Papers, along with an accompanying discussion guide and videos.
In the Constitution
  • “In the Constitution For Youth” Series:  A 2-part series (with dozens more in progress) which breaks down the original series into terms that youth can understand and appreciate.  Word plays, analogies and object lessons provide the teaching medium to reach the hearts and of American’s greatest asset – our youth of the rising generation.  Available via DVD, video and audio downloads, as single presentations or in a set.

College Student Resources

The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource)
  • Explore ConSource’s free digital library of primary source documents, including:
    • The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Amendments 11 – 27
    • Precursors to the Constitution (including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Mayflower Compact, Magna Charta and English Bill of Rights)
    • Colonial charters and state constitutions before 1787
    • The Federalist Papers
    • Anti-Federalist and Pro-Federalist Papers
    • James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention
    • Select correspondences between delegates to the Constitutional Convention
    • Selections from 10 state ratifying conventions
    • The legislative history of the Bill of Rights
    • 55 influential political sermons
    • Correspondence and papers of George Mason
  • Constitutional Index – connects users to historical documents related to each article, section, clause and amendment in the United States Constitution.
  • Explore the 1787 Constitutional Convention on the ConSource blog.
  • Free video lectures by historians and scholars are available here and here.
The National Constitution Center
Hillsdale College
  • The Constitution Minute – a series of brief, informative radio messages designed to improve your understanding of the meaning and history of the U.S. Constitution.
  • The U.S. Constitution: A Reader – Featuring 113 primary source documents,The U.S. Constitution: A Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the U.S. Constitution
  • Scholarly videos about the United States Constitution and American values.
  • The Founders’ Compass: A Guide to America’s Constitutional Crisis – a guide to America and its founding principles.
  • The Federalist Papers Online Course – This course will explore major themes of The Federalist Papers, such as the problem of majority faction, separation of powers, and the three branches of government.
  • The Presidency and the Constitution Online Course – This free, 10-week, not-for-credit course, taught by the Hillsdale College politics faculty, will help you understand the structure and function of executive power in the American constitutional order. The course begins with the place of the president in the constitutionalism of the Founding Fathers and examines how that role has changed with the rise of the modern Progressive administrative state.
  • Constitution 101: The Meaning & History of the Constitution – Taught by the Hillsdale College Politics faculty, this course will introduce you to the meaning and history of the United States Constitution. The course will examine a number of original source documents from the Founding period, including especially the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers. The course will also consider two significant challenges to the Founders’ Constitution: the institution of slavery and the rise of Progressivism.
  • Introduction to the Constitution: Lectures Series by Hillsdale President Larry P. Arnn – five part introductory lecture series about the United States Constitution.
The Ashbrook Center’s TeachingAmericanHistory.org
The Washington Times
In the Constitution
  • “In the Constitution” Series: An 11-presentation series (each about 1 hour in length) which explores the Constitution by topic in simple, yet powerful ways that make the truths of our founding document come alive.  Each presentation dives deep into a topic by defining relevant terms in historical context, analyzing original source quotes from founders, exploring the actual text of the Constitution, and making modern-day application of the timeless principles associated with each topic.  Available via DVD, video & audio downloads, as single presentations or in a set.
Wyoming Catholic College
  • Religious Liberty in America: An in depth look into the history of religious liberty and how it has shaped the founding and history of the American Republic.
  • Liberty Lecture Series: In the Liberty Lecture Series, professors from Wyoming Catholic College give lectures focused on the fundamental principles of our American Government and current trends in political thought.

Adult Learners

The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource)
  • Explore ConSource’s free digital library of primary source documents, including:
    • The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Amendments 11 – 27
    • Precursors to the Constitution (including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and Mayflower Compact, Magna Charta and English Bill of Rights)
    • Colonial charters and state constitutions before 1787
    • The Federalist Papers
    • Anti-Federalist and Pro-Federalist Papers
    • James Madison’s Notes on the Constitutional Convention
    • Select correspondences between delegates to the Constitutional Convention
    • Selections from 10 state ratifying conventions
    • The legislative history of the Bill of Rights
    • 55 influential political sermons
    • Correspondence and papers of George Mason
  • Constitutional Index – connects users to historical documents related to each article, section, clause and amendment in the United States Constitution.
  • Explore the 1787 Constitutional Convention on the ConSource blog.
  • Free video lectures by historians and scholars are available here and here.
The National Constitution Center
Hillsdale College
  • The Constitution Minute – a series of brief, informative radio messages designed to improve your understanding of the meaning and history of the U.S. Constitution.
  • The U.S. Constitution: A Reader – Featuring 113 primary source documents,The U.S. Constitution: A Reader was developed for teaching the core course on the U.S. Constitution
  • Scholarly videos about the United States Constitution and American values.
  • The Founders’ Compass: A Guide to America’s Constitutional Crisis – a guide to America and its founding principles.
  • The Federalist Papers Online Course – This course will explore major themes of The Federalist Papers, such as the problem of majority faction, separation of powers, and the three branches of government.
  • The Presidency and the Constitution Online Course – This free, 10-week, not-for-credit course, taught by the Hillsdale College politics faculty, will help you understand the structure and function of executive power in the American constitutional order. The course begins with the place of the president in the constitutionalism of the Founding Fathers and examines how that role has changed with the rise of the modern Progressive administrative state.
  • Constitution 101: The Meaning & History of the Constitution – Taught by the Hillsdale College Politics faculty, this course will introduce you to the meaning and history of the United States Constitution. The course will examine a number of original source documents from the Founding period, including especially the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers. The course will also consider two significant challenges to the Founders’ Constitution: the institution of slavery and the rise of Progressivism.
  • Introduction to the Constitution: Lectures Series by Hillsdale President Larry P. Arnn – five part introductory lecture series about the United States Constitution.
The Ashbrook Center’s TeachingAmericanHistory.org
The Washington Times
One Generation Away