The Constitution for Kids

Understanding the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights through a Classical Lens

Jessica McDaniel

Ages 10-13


In this class, students will be introduced to the United States Constitution—our country’s founding document and the longest-standing constitution in the world!


Students will dive into American founding history, learning about the historical events leading up to the Declaration of Independence and the adoption and ratification of the Constitution. Students will not only study the documents paragraph by paragraph, but research how the Constitution’s various provisions and amendments apply to current events. We will also consider the lives of the key actors involved in creating these documents.


For those students who follow the Classical Education method, this is a logic level class designed for 5th to 8th graders who are now asking the question “Why?” To facilitate students’ learning at this stage, we will constantly ask “why?” as a class. For example: Why was the Constitution needed in the first place? Why are there three branches of government? Why was the Bill of Rights necessary?


This class will involve approximately 1 hour of homework per week. Trimesters will be divided as follows:


Fall: The Declaration of Independence and the Prelude to Independence


Winter:  The United States Constitution


Spring:  The Bill of Rights