September 17th is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787 when, at the end of a long hot summer of discussion, debate and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America's most important document.
This September we are highlighting these topics:
- National Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Arts in Education Week
- Patriot Day & National Day of Service and Remembrance
- Constitution Day
- Autumnal Equinox
- Financial Literacy
- National Deaf Awareness Month
Since 1988, the U.S. Government has set aside the period from September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made and continue to make to the United States of America. Our Teacher's Guide brings together resources created during NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes, lesson plans for K-12 classrooms, and think pieces on events and experiences across Hispanic history and heritage.
Using archival material, students will associate Francis Scott Key's Star Spangled Banner with historic events and recognize the sentiments those words inspired. Students will explore the symbolic nature of the American flag.
The Preamble is the introduction to the United States Constitution, and it serves two central purposes. First, it states the source from which the Constitution derives its authority: the sovereign people of the United States. Second, it sets forth the ends that the Constitution and the government that it establishes are meant to serve.
Students will examine the lyrics and context surrounding three country songs related to the 9/11 attacks: Alan Jackson's "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?" Brooks and Dunn's "Only in America," and Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue." Through the lens of these songs, they consider ways Americans reacted to the tragedy of September 11th, and discuss whether some reactions might be more appropriate than others.