Thinking Through Timelines: Creating the Constitution

Lesson Duration

Florida Joint Center for Citizenship

Why do we celebrate Constitution Day?



Activity Documents and Handouts -

  • Creating the Constitution PowerPoint Presentation
  • Copies of Primary Sources: the Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence, Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown, the Articles of Confederation, and exterior view of Independence Hall
  • Creating the Constitution Graphic Organizer


  • analyze information about what they read or observe in primary and secondary sources.
  • understand the relationship between the government and a written constitution.
  • describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Students Investigating Primary Sources (SIPS) is a K-12 collection of brief introductory mini-lessons centered on particular topics and primary sources.

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The Florida Joint Center for Citizenship is a partnership between the Lou Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida.