Tips & Ideas for "Talking Constitutionally" with a Young Person

Talking to a young person about something as daunting as government and the Constitution can be extremely intimidating. Fortunately, it is a truly rewarding experience – especially when you’re celebrating something as significant as Constitution Day.

The Liberty Day Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth about American government – and we’re here to help! Below are ideas, tips, and resources that will help you engage in the conversation no matter what the age.

Videos to Watch Together

The web is full of excellent videos on the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and American government. Liberty Day Institute has a number of videos on our own YouTube channel, and we have compiled some of those with others’ creations here for you.

After each video, discuss what strikes each of you as important. It could be the song or characters, the humor, or the lack of knowledge or abundance of knowledge shown in the video. What do you learn from each video as you watch it?

Readings and Resources

Liberty Day Institute offers a number of games, activities, and essays on different aspects of the Constitution specifically for educators. Here is a small sampling for your Constitution Education experience this Constitution Day, available now through Constitution Week, September 14-18!

Questions for Discussion

There is so much to talk about when it comes to the U.S. Constitution and our democratic form of government! But if you’re struggling with some more ideas for discussion points, here are some suggestions to help you out:

  1. What is a constitution? Why do we have a government?
  2. What kind of things are part of our Constitution that are a direct result of our conflict with England leading up to the Revolutionary War?
  3. Why was the U.S. Constitution important to the United States? How about the world?
  4. Why is the Constitution important to you today?
  5. Why do you think the Constitution begins with the words “We the People” instead of “We the States” or “We the Government?”
  6. Discuss the Founding Fathers. Who is your favorite and why?
  7. What if America peaceably left England, like Australia and Canada? How would our government, Constitution, and culture of our country be different?
  8. Why is the Constitution both set in stone and still amendable? Is one better than the other?
  9. Why do we have three branches of government (Legislative, Executive, Judicial) and why was this important to the Founding Fathers?
  10. How does a bill become a law? Why are there so many steps to the process?

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