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Honoring Constitution Day — Ideas for Editors

Saturday is Sept. 17, Constitution Day. Some tips for prompts and coverage, including examples. Short url's included to encourage sharing.

Many schools will celebrate on Friday, including this one in California that is using contemporary cultural figures to help students learn: SpongeBob and Angry Birds to help teach the Constitution | students, school, constitution – News – The Orange County Register

Are you running a quiz? Here's one Constitution Quiz.

Another, for children from the US Mint (one screen down):H.I.P. Pocket Change Web Site – Constitution Day

A third from Scholastic News In-Depth Constitution Quiz:

A dive into your archives will find articles, photos or letters that may be worth running again:

Example: Constitution was born of compromise –

Example: LETTER: Republicans in Congress who signed Grover Norquist pledge violating U.S. Constitution – The New Haven Register –

With prompts on Facebook, Twitter and on your site, a quiz, a few selections from the archives, an online post of the entire document, and a guide to events, your instant Constitution Day package will stir conversation and spotlight our core legal document.

Possible prompts: What is your favorite part of the Constitution and why? Who has read the entire document? Do you have a favorite figure from that part of our nation's history? How do you describe the Constitution to young children? What is your school doing for Constitution Day?

Examples of guides to events:

*At least three events mark Constitution Day in Modesto – Bee Editorials –

*Constitution Day Events | TAMUtimes 

*Tech plans events for Constitution Day | The News Star 

My favorite part is the First Amendment. A new poll shows growing support among teenagers. Helping readers learn about the Constitution may help all of us protect our rights.


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