On Tuesdays on WGBY at 9:00pm, starting May 7, you can breathe new life into the traditional civics lesson with Constitution USA with Peter Segal. Traveling across the country on a Harley Davidson to find out where the U.S. Constitution lives, Peter Segal looks at how it works and doesn’t work, how it unites us as a nation, and how it has nearly torn us apart. Watch a preview.
A vast digital library of classroom resources, PBS LearningMedia is continuing to add new content from Constitution USA. Here are just a few highlights for grades 9-12:
Separation of Powers The framers of the Constitution feared too much centralized power, adopting the philosophy of divide and conquer.
Federalism Federalism is one of the most important and innovative concepts in the U.S. Constitution, although the word never appears there. Federalism is the sharing of power between national and state governments
Rights What is a right, and where does it come from? A right is a power or privilege that is recognized by tradition or law.