Create Meaningful Discussions with Constitutional Crossword Puzzles

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A recent survey from The Annenberg Public Policy Center concluded that Americans are “poorly informed” about provisions in the Constitution, the foundation of our democracy. Thankfully, constitutional crossword puzzles are a gentle entry point into conversations about the issues facing our country today.

It’s tricky to talk politics in such a heated climate. However, it’s also important. Now more than ever, it’s essential to have discussions from a place of informed historical accuracy and understanding.

Pro Tip: Crosswords aren’t the only way to engage with history. Puzzles like these 4th of July word searches can be a fun way to learn vocab and start conversations around civics.

Tips on Making Constitution Crossword Puzzles

With My Crossword Maker, all you need to make a crossword is a list of words and clues. Your words and clues can be wide and about the U.S. constitution in general. Or, you can hone in one one aspect of the document and it’s history for your theme. Below, find a few ideas to get you started.

Theme 1: General Constitution Crossword Puzzles

Before any thorough debates can begin, students need a thorough understanding of how the Constitution works. Consider the two constitutional crossword puzzles below:

These puzzles are just two of the many constitutional crossword puzzles made on My Crossword Maker by teachers and educators. Given the extensiveness of the Constitution, you can break these down into smaller elements, as well.

Theme 2: Branches of Government and Their Duties

For example, a constitutional crossword puzzle might focus on the branches of government and their duties. Take it a step further and make three different crossword puzzles – one for each branch. Clues might focus on the abilities of each branch or the names of those who currently serve or have served in each branch.

A constitutional crossword puzzle might also focus on the Bill of Rights or all 27 amendments to the Constitution. With such an important document, there are endless possibilities.

Theme 3: Political Issues of the Past and Today

Once students have an understanding of how the Constitution works, have them solve or make puzzles around specific political issues. These puzzles could focus on the history of certain topics, like how the various civil rights amendments came to pass.

Pro Tip: You can also use word searches to help teach kids about Black History Month.

Constitutional crosswords might also focus on the constitutionality of issues. This would pair well with a judicial branch crossword puzzle; clues could focus on why the Supreme Court deems various rulings constitutional or unconstitutional. Such a crossword could also lead to an activity like a mock trial.

A crossword puzzle might also focus on the modern talking points between issues, or on the pros and cons surrounding one issue. Have students make a crossword on an issue to teach them about bias, too. Direct them to make their clues as neutral as possible, then have the rest of the class solve puzzles to determine where bias did or did not come through.

Theme Idea: Political Parties and the Constitution Crosswords

Although political parties are not part of our Constitution (George Washington himself warned against them), a constitutional crossword puzzle could demonstrate why American political parties exist the way they do today.

A political party crossword puzzle could focus on what the different parties believe in, like the puzzle below. A puzzle like this can prompt a discussion about how these core beliefs lead to a party’s stance on certain issues.

Or they could focus on how the parties came to such beliefs, like in this puzzle.

And of course, you could combine the two ideas into one political party crossword puzzle.

Constitutional Crossword Puzzle: Final Thoughts

Millions of people devote their careers to our intricate government. It can be difficult to make the information understandable and useful, especially for students. However, great government teachers like you understand that today’s students become tomorrow’s citizens. Informed citizens make informed voters. Information is how we become the kind of democracy our founding fathers envisioned.

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