8th Grade Social Studies/ELA
Mt. Pleasant Middle School
My students are so excited to receive their pocket Constitutions from the 9.17 Society. They always ask, "Do we get to keep it?" They love having their own copy. One of the ways I use the pocket Constitutions in class is to do a "Walk Through the Constitution" scavenger hunt. I have them go through the Constitution Article by Article and answer questions from each article. For Article 1, Section 1 the questions are: Who has legislative power in the U.S.? This body has two parts. What are they? I do this for each article and section of the Constitution, so that students can become familiar with what is in the Constitution.
Another way I use the pocket Constitutions in class is to teach the Bill of Rights. We do an in-depth study of the Bill of Rights, where the students read them all, put them into modern, kid-friendly language, and do a rank and reason with them.
We have the Constitution in our textbooks, but the kids are so much more engaged when they have their own copy that they can flip through to find information and learn about how our government is structured. It makes the learning more fun than reading it out of a textbook. I can't thank the 9.17 Society and its generous donors enough for helping to inspire the kids to want to know about our Constitution.