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?
Who can get involved with CITC?
We strongly encourage all lawyers and law students to volunteer with ACS in our CITC program. If you are interested in coordinating a program in your area please e-mail us at [email protected].
ACS’s Constitution in the Classroom is a great way to go out into the community and teach local school kids about the importance of the Constitution. We hope you join us in these efforts and volunteer for our Constitution in the Classroom program.
Constitution Day is coming up in September!
Each year, we take this opportunity to teach lessons and principles based on the United States Constitution in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the United States. The program seeks to increase the constitutional literacy in our public schools.
We encourage all ACS student and lawyer chapter members to consider holding Constitution in the Classroom activities in conjunction with Constitution Day. If you’re not a member, we highly encourage you to become one by clicking here.
You can find curricula and other information below. If you are interested in coordinating this program in your area, please sign up here as far in advance as possible to be sure we’re able to get pocket constitutions to you in plenty of time before your event. Please be sure to send the number of students who participated and photos afterwards to [email protected] so that we can feature the fantastic work of our members!
Tell us about your experience!
Let us know about your chapter's time in the classroom and be sure to send photos to [email protected]!
February 12 - March 31, 2017
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.
The Alabama Lawyer Chapter and the Faulkner University School of Law Student Chapter Teach in Montgomery Public Schools
The Alabama Lawyer Chapter and the Faulkner University School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society goes into Montgomery public schools to teach students about the Constitution.
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.