Commemorative Resources

History and the Social Sciences are rooted in the stories of those who have come before us. From these stories we better understand the potential of the individual, the power of ideas, and the destruction that can come from conflict. The stories of the past are as complex as they are riviting. The following resources can be used by teachers and parents to help students appreciate and understand commemorative events, national holidays, and tributes.

Constitution Day - 9/17 

To assist in the annual recognition of Constitution Day, a list of sites and activities is attached below.

Constitution Day Activities from Constitution Facts including a quiz, survey, and poster contest 

Center for Civic Education's Collection of K-12 Resources for Constitution Day

Review of resources for Constitution Day from Teaching

Constitution Day Documents

ACPS Curriculum Overview - Social Studies

Resources for Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Please see the attached list of resources. Resources will be added to each year. Many can be incorporated into student service learning projects throughout the year.

Martin Luther King Day Documents


Resources for Recognizing the 9/11 Tragedy

The September 11 Digital Archive (Geared to use in secondary classrooms)

9/11 Anniversary Teaching Guide: (An age-appropriate classroom lessons and activities for grades K-12 aim to deepen your students' understanding of September 11 and develop their critical thinking skills.)

Learning from the Challenges of our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom (a K-12 curricular resources developed in New Jersey with assistance from families affected by 9/11)

Ten Books about 9/11 for Children and Teens (Children and young adult titles recommended by editors at the Huffington Post)

Remembering 9/11 (A retrospective collection developed by the National Geographic Society

The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero (Discovery Channel's documentary of the rebuilding of the Twin Towers site commemorates 9/11 while also capturing efforts to construct a fitting memorial and create a historical archive of the events and site)

Resources from the Center for Civics Education for 9/11