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Teacher-approved stories, resources, and worksheets for teaching about the United States Constitution in your classroom, courtesy of Junior Scholastic magazine
The fight for women's rights in the United States goes back to our country's beginning. But just because the fight is old doesn't mean that it's over. These Massachusetts teenagers are standing up to be heard—and to amend the Constitution to guarantee equal rights for women.
“[The federal government] will indeed deserve the most vigilant and careful attention of the people, to see that it be modelled in such a manner as to admit of its being safely vested with the requisite powers”
— Alexander Hamilton
“We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words, 'We, the people.'”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg
"The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon."
— George Washington
"Time and changes in the condition and constitution of society may require occasional and corresponding modifications."
— Thomas Jefferson
Four Supreme Court justices who made an impact
In his 34 years as Chief Justice, John Marshall gave a new, broader meaning to the Constitution, strengthening not only the Supreme Court but also the federal government itself.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader Ginsburg became known for her work on behalf of women's rights. She had faced discrimination during and after law school. But she overcame it to build a brilliant career, culminating in her appointment as the second woman ever to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The first African American justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was a powerful civil rights advocate who, prior to his appointment to the Court, developed a successful legal strategy to end the era of official segregation in the United States.
Antonin Scalia was named to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He generally favored executive over legislative or judicial power. Among the most famous decisions authored by Scalia was District of Columbia v. Heller (2008); it found that the Second Amendment established an individual right to bear arms for self-defense.
Supplemental resources for teaching about the U.S. Constitution in your classroom
Terms and definitions that pertain to the U.S. Constitution
checks and balances
a system in which the different parts of an organization (such as a government) have powers that affect and control the other parts so that no part can become too powerful
a change in the words or meaning of a law or document
a statement that is made at the beginning of something (such as a legal document) and usually gives the reasons for the parts that follow
the official and proper way of doing things in a legal case; the rule that a legal case must be done in a way that protects the rights of all the people involved
to charge a public official with a crime done while in office
the right to vote in an election
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