The Constitution in the Classroom

 
Constitution in the Classroom — bringing ACS lawyers and law students to America's schools

 

 

“ACS’s Constitution in the Classroom project has done an outstanding job of translating constitutional values into relevant and engaging constitutional lessons for students across America. By encouraging civic participation and constitutional dialogue, it has become a symbol of the difficult work that is democracy.“
 
- Andrew Ferguson, Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia,
Co-Founder of Constitution in the Classroom

 

What is Constitution in the Classroom?

Constitution in the Classroom brings ACS members into primary and secondary classrooms to raise awareness of fundamental constitutional principles. As lawyers, law students and educators we have a resource that we can share with students: our knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution. By spending as little as one-hour teaching in a high school, middle school or elementary school classroom, you can excite young minds about their constitutional rights and responsibilities.

 

When is CITC?

 

ACS's Constitution in the Classroom program takes place on or around Law Day in the spring and Constitution Day in the fall.  Constitution Day is a federally observed holiday recognizing the adoption of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Although we coordinate our Spring CITC program around Law Day and our Fall CITC program around Constitution Day, we welcome volunteers to teach anytime throughout the school year. 

 
                                                   

 

Who can get involved with CITC?

We encourage all lawyers and law students to volunteer with ACS in our CITC program. Participating is easy. ACS prepares topical lessons plans every year that volunteers can use in elementary, middle or high school classrooms. Some of our ACS chapters coordinate classrooms, but individuals are also encouraged to reach out to their local schools to set up opportunities. If you are interested in coordinating a program in your area please sign-up here or e-mail us at [email protected].

 
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If you are interested in coordinating this program in your area, please sign-up or email  [email protected].

 

Former U.S. Solicitor General Teaches in D.C. Public Schools

Former Solicitor General and assistant Attorney General Walter Dellinger spoke with fourth grade students at Ross Elementary School in Washington, D.C., about their own rights to free speech in celebration of Constitution Day.  He taught the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District case and explained that he was a clerk for then-Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black when Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District was heard by the court.

 

 

Constitution in the Classroom Curriculum

Download Lesson Plans on Separation of Powers: 

Download Lesson Plans on the First Amendment:

Download Lesson Plans on Voting Rights:

Download Lesson Plans on the Fourth Amendment:

Download Lesson Plans on the Sixth Amendment:

Download General Guides:

 

ACS has partnered with the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at American University Washington College of Law.  ACS would like to thank the Marshall-Brennan Project for developing the new curriculum and for partnering with ACS members throughout the country to educate school kids on the importance of the Constitution.

The Voting Rights curriculum authors are: Geoffrey D. Kravitz, Economic Development Director for the Town of Amherst, Massachusetts; Joseph P. McCarthy, Esq.; and Timothy O. Wilkerson, Adjunct Faculty, Suffolk University Law School.  ACS would like to thank the authors for developing curriculum and for partnering with ACS members throughout the country to educate school kids on the importance of Voting Rights.

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