Happy Constitution Day! We believe strongly that to be an effective participant in civic life, students must be well informed about the foundations of our democracy (that’s why we recently launched Education for Democracy). Check out the links below for some civic education inspiration.
Do I Have A Right? Understanding the Constitution with iCivics
In this interactive activity, knowledge of the constitution is developed as students judge the cases of potential clients, ultimately determining if and how individuals are protected under the constitution.
Faculty, interested in incorporating this into your class? Click the resource below for a link to the game and for a template quiz.
In iCivics' Do I Have A Right?, students run their own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. During the course of the game, students will decide if potential clients are protected by constitutional rights, match them with the best lawyer to defend them, and try the case in court.
Constitution Day in the news with Minnesota Campus Compact
This year, Minnesota Campus Compact launched a Constitution Day Dialogue Initiative in which member institutions convened a series of local dialogues around the state, all held on Constitution Day. Check out these op-eds from Minnesota presidents in support of Constitution Day and this exciting initiative:
- Constitution Day Reminds us to Rekindle Civil Debate
Rebecca Bergman, President, Gustavus Adolphus College, Annette Parker, President, South Central College, and Richard Davenport, President, Minnesota State University Mankato
- A Constitutional Call to Dialogue across Difference
Mary Hinton, President, College of Saint Benedict
- Community Voices: Constitution Day
Connie Gores, President, Southwest Minnesota State University
- Constitution Day, and what it means at Winona State
Scott R. Olson, Winona State University