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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Every year, schools and government agencies join the nation in observing Constitution Day and Citizenship Day the week before and after September 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Federal courts participate by offering educational resources and experiences in their communities.

Engage students in learning about the U.S. Constitution through:

Civil Discourse and the Constitution: Candid Conversations

Civil Discourse and the Constitution is a 50-minute classroom activity that engages students in candid conversations with a federal judge and volunteer lawyers as they learn and practice civility and decision-making skills. The program is relevant throughout the month and the academic year. Classroom visits can be virtual or in person. Learn more about the activity.

Read Along with the Preamble

Reciting the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution in unison has become embedded in the traditions of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This video is simply the words of the Preamble projected at a comfortable pace for easy reading at any group recitation.

Ponder Promises of the Preamble

Inspire the young people in your life – in classrooms, courtrooms, and communities – to understand and embrace the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. In this video, high school students interpret the promises and the impact of the preamble on their lives. As a discussion starter the video can stimulate reflection, writing, and civil discourse among teens and adults searching for common ground in the celebration of the Constitution.

Naturalization Ceremonies are Living Civics Lessons

When students of all ages participate in naturalization ceremonies presided over by federal judges in their communities, they take away a real-life experience of civic engagement. The ceremonies are scheduled at courthouses across the country and at other significant locations, including iconic cultural sites; natural and civic landmarks; and historic places.

Courts have developed activities and how-to information to prepare students and to involve them in the ceremonies in simple yet significant ways. While waiting for the event to start, students in attendance can answer the questions in this annual quiz. These ceremonies offer an opportunity to interact with the federal judges who administer the Oath of Citizenship.

Learn more about Naturalization Ceremonies

DISCLAIMER: These resources are created by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts for educational purposes only. They may not reflect the current state of the law, and are not intended to provide legal advice, guidance on litigation, or commentary on any pending case or legislation.