We Rule: Civics for All of US

In July 2019 a group of educators from the National Archives met at the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York to discuss and draft a proposal for a national initiative to increase civic engagement. The target audiences for this initiative are students, teachers, families and community organizations at the national, state and local levels.

The resulting conversation produced what we believe to be an ambitious, achievable and sustainable proposal drawing from the collections of the National Archives across the country. The proposal is centered on five essential questions:

1) What does an individual gain from being civically aware and engaged?

2) What tools are available for individuals, and groups, to share in and shape our democracy?

3) How have these tools been used by others in the past?

4) How can an ordinary individual use the tools in their lives and communities?

5) How is America made stronger, better and more democratic by citizen participation?


The following teacher resources are available to resolve these essential questions with your students (middle and high school materials to follow):

The Constitution Rules! Grades K-2

In this 30-minute program, students will explore the idea of different responsibilities in their community and analyze images that highlight the jobs of the three branches of government as outlined in the Constitution.

Teacher Guide

Program Slides


The Constitution and Our Community, Grades 3-5

In this 45-minute program, students will explore the idea of community, hone their primary source analysis skills by examining government records, and connect the Constitution to their own lives.

Teacher Guide

Program Slides

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