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Constitution Week 2015

September 15, 2015
A group of Georgian school children with the Governor and Superintendent.

Can you guess which U.S. document has a birthday this week? You guessed it! The Constitution of the United States turns 228 on Thursday, September 17. In celebration, Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed this week Constitution Week in Georgia. This week will be dedicated to learning about the history and significance of this founding document. Whether you’re currently in school or have long since graduated, the Georgia Department of Education offers a few resources you can take advantage of in order to get the most out of your Constitution Week 2015.

Liberty Notes on the Bill of Rights

Filled with helpful explanations and annotations on the Bill of Rights, this interactive document helps bring the Constitution to life. It helps provide some context to sections that might be a bit confusing.

National Archives

Have you ever wondered what the Constitution actually looks like? If you can't make the trek to DC, the National Archives provides high resolution photos of the document that you can download for free! You can also read all about the history of the Constitution and check out some common questions and answers regarding its creation and authors.

Annenberg Classroom

Learn about the document that served as inspiration for the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence: the Magna Carta. Did you know that it celebrated its 800th birthday on June 15, 2015? How cool is that! Brush up on your knowledge of the Magna Carta by watching the Annenberg Classroom's Magna Carta documentary.

With these resources, you can learn about our country’s founding documents and gain a new appreciation for the history of America’s inception. Take Constitution Week 2015 as an opportunity to revisit this historical document, appreciate its value and gain new insight as to how the Constitution shapes our lives as Americans to this day.

Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office from their Constitution Week kick off ceremony.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.

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