September 3, 2009
Constitution Day is Every Day!
Actually, it's September 17th, the day in 1787 the U.S. Constitution was signed. For those of us in federal courthouses, it's also the time of year when we see school groups come to visit and learn about the judiciary and cases. We all have these groups come to our workplaces throughout the year - maybe it's a high school class, or pre-law undergraduates, or the Take Our Kids to Work children. There are some great packaged lesson plans available to assist with programming. Check out the "Teaching Judicial History:Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History" from the Federal Judicial Center. They've put together terrific classroom materials on notable trials including the Amistad case, the trial of Susan B. Anthony, and the one we never tire of in Chicago, the Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial. For specific Constitution Day materials (maybe for that display case in the lobby?), the National Constitution Center has a wealth of materials. The U.S. Courts web site provides a video with Justices Scalia and Breyer on the Constitution along with classroom materials and handouts.
Start planning your Constitution Day party today! [gvd]