September Resources: Help Students Understand Their Rights

SEPTEMBER 03, 2019

As we head toward the 2020 presidential election, each month this school year will offer big teachable moments that can help your students build the skills they need in order to participate in civic life and become informed and engaged members of their communities. 
 
Here are resources we’ve selected for upcoming events in September that will teach your students about the rights provided to U.S. citizens, thanks to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. You can find them an more at icivics.org/election!

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National Constitution Day - Sept. 17

Celebrate the ratification of the U.S. Constitution with our WebQuest, The Constitution: Rules for Running the Country. Students will learn why the Constitution was written, what it does, and how it can be changed. You can also put students at the heart of the debate to ratify the Constitution in our new game, Race to Ratify.

National Voter Registration Day - Sept. 24

Voting is an important right and one way in which citizens can make their voices heard to local, state and federal governments. Registering to vote is a key responsibility but there are many others too. Use our Citizen Me lesson to help students understand the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens.

Bill of Rights Sent for Approval - Sept. 25

On September 25, 1789, Congress sent 12 amendments to the Constitution to the states for approval. Ten would become the Bill of Rights. Put students' knowledge of Constitutional rights into practice with the Bill of Rights mode in our game, Do I Have a Right? Pair the game with the You’ve Got Rights lesson.

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It's a big year for civics and civics educators like you. Be sure to count on iCivics for your lesson planning to 2020. Each month throughout the school year we will send you a list of resources aligned to key civics topics and events. Each month's resources will be available and archived at www.icivics.org/election.