Speaker Resources

Recommended Outline

For Presenters

Using your own knowledge and resources about the U.S Constitution and/or our supplemental resources, Recommended Outline and Guiding Questions, create a short, engaging video about the Constitution generally; or the Bill of Rights generally; or one of the first 10 amendments; or the 13th, 14th, 15th or 19th Amendments. We encourage you to provide context for understanding current events, ongoing concerns about civil rights and equal justice, and/or the rights of youth. We have assured teachers and school administrators that the presentations will be nonpartisan, informative, accurate, historical and relevant to contemporary society. Thank you for helping to make it so!

INTRODUCTION | What is the U.S. Constitution? | What is Constitution Day?

(2 MINUTES)

  • Introduce yourself.
    • Why you care about the Constitution; why you are volunteering for this program; what you’ll cover in your presentation.

  • The United States Constitution is one of the most influential documents in world history.

    • The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are known as the United States of America’s founding documents.

    • The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. It establishes and defines how people within the U.S. are governed. It protects the basic rights of all people in the nation.

  • Constitution Day was established as a national holiday in 2004.

    • The U.S. Congress mandated (made it law) that schools receiving federal funds must provide educational programming about the Constitution on or near the anniversary of the date it was signed – Sept. 17, 1787.

YOUR PRESENTATION

(3-7 MINUTES)

  • Give your presentation on the Constitution, Bill of Rights or one amendment and related contemporary issue(s). To present on additional topics, please create additional videos.

  • Remember to speak/sing/rap clearly. Incorporate tips included in our Best Practices Guide.

  • Encourage students to explore the Constitution’s enduring value in light of today’s challenges and complexities. Invite them to create their own videos and share them with the ACLU.

CLOSING

(1 MINUTE)

  • Summarize your key points in 1-2 sentences.

  • Encourage youth to visit www.myschoolmyrights.com
    for more information about their individual rights.

  • Thank your audience(s) for watching your video.

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