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Old 10-05-2006, 05:15 PM
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I introduce the lesson with a book called Shhh! We're Writing the Constitution. Then each child researches a writer of the Constitution. They later on become that person on our "Constitution Day." They dress up, I powder their hair, and they bring their research on an "ID" card. They are seated as though they were in Independance Hall. I cut off the air conditioner, shut the shades, turn minimal lights on, and they are instantly put in the mood for the activity. I seat them at long tables covered in green tableclothes (like the actual ones the writers sat at). They are given quill pens, an ink well, and paper that looks old. They experiment with writing different sections of the Constitution. The students love this activity. They come back to me and talk about it for years to after. I hope you are able to use something in this activity.
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