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Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) 

Over the last 10 years, The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) has connected thousands of American citizens of all ages to our nation’s constitutional history by creating a comprehensive, easily searchable, fully-indexed, and freely accessible digital library of historical sources related to the creation, ratification, and amendment of the United States Constitution. Our team not only curates important digital collections of historical materials, but also creates research reports and educational resources to meet the specific needs of scholars and authors, legal practitioners and government officials, educators and students, journalists and the general public.

For more information on the Constitutional Sources Project, visit us online at https://www.consource.org/

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The Constitutional Convention: Balance of Powers
  • Social Studies
  • High School
History is the chronicle of choices made by actors/agents/protagonists in specific contexts. This simulation places students in the midst of the...
Freedom and Equality: American Principles at Odds
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
This lesson will use close reading of documentary selections and class discussion to analyze the concepts of “freedom” and “equality” as they have...
Anti-Federalist Lesson Plan
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
A complement to a lesson covering the Federalists and their influence over the Constitutional Convention, this lesson is intended to help students...
Passing the Constitution: State Ratification
  • Social Studies
  • Elementary (Grades 3-5)
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to the ratification period that followed the Federal Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia...
The Bill of Rights & Me
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
The purpose of this lesson is to investigate the Bill of Rights through the perspective of someone living during the ratification period. After...
The Bill of Rights 2.0
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This lesson builds upon prior knowledge of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights by asking students to think critically about the...
The ConSource United States Constitution for Kids
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
To help your students directly engage with the text of the Constitution, ConSource has created a U.S. Constitution for Kids. The ConSource U.S...
Grade 9-12 Lesson Plan, The Dynamics of War Powers
  • Social Studies
  • High School
This three-part lesson asks students to investigate and think critically about the nature of the War Powers identified by the Constitution. Beginning...
ConSource Halloween Activity
  • Social Studies
  • Middle School
Teach your students about the Constitution and solve the riddle: What will George Washington dress as for Halloween?
Grade 9-12 Methods of Interpreting Constitution
  • Social Studies
  • High School
The purpose of this lesson is to explain the two overarching modes of constitutional interpretation – strict and loose construction – and their use...