Resources for Teaching about the U.S. Constitution

  1. AdamSmithWork
    • The Adam Smith and the U.S. Constitution resource provides high school and college students with readings and discussion items centering on an essay by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Douglass North. They investigate how Adam Smith’s ideas influenced the thinking of the Founders of the U.S. Constitution. Educators can assign students to groups where they participate in an extensive discussion of the economic features of the Constitution using various examples. 
  2. The Bill of Rights Institute is packed full of teaching and learning resources.  Check out:
  3. Econ Lowdown and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • The “Constitutionality of a Central Bank” is a teaching and learning resource that uses the case McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) to determine whether (1) the state of Maryland had the right to tax the Second Bank of the United States and (2) Congress violated the Constitution in establishing the second central bank in the U.S. This resource can be used to evaluate the constitutionality of the current Federal Reserve System.
  4. Foundation for Teaching Economics provides teacher resources for K-12 classroom.  Check out their Constitution lesson and student activities
  5. Free To Choose Network
  6. iCivics
  8. Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  9. Marginal Revolution University
  10. Reacting to the Past provides “games” that students play while assuming character roles with specific historical goals. Students must communicate, collaborate, and compete effectively to advance their objectives assuming their assigned philosophical and intellectual beliefs, as well as the context and facts of the historical moment. Students devise their own means of expressing those ideas and advancing their social, political, or economic causes using persuasive papers, speeches, or other public presentations. Students must pursue a course of action to try to win the ‘game.’ 
  11. The Remnant Trust can help you bring the U.S. Constitution to your campus. Think about the 2023-24 academic year. Contact: XX to learn more. 
  12. Stossel in the Classroom: SITC provides a collection of premium videos covering the U.S. Constitution and other timely topics and themes.