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September 10, 2009

New Publication to Teach Kids about Vermont’s Constitution

Montpelier. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz today unveiled the newest civics education publication created by the Secretary of State’s office. Revolution, Rights and Rules: A Student’s Guide to the Vermont Constitution helps middle school students understand the 220 year-old document which is the founding document of Vermont. The 40 page booklet includes questions, writing assignments, and activities that encourage students to use analytical and critical thinking skills to express their own ideas. It concludes with an exercise where the class creates its own constitution. The publication is available for teachers to use to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17.

“Revolution, Rights and Rules brings the Vermont Constitution to life and helps students understand how this document continues to impact their lives every day.” explains Secretary Markowitz. “The booklet introduces students to how the constitution was developed and describes the circumstances that shaped the thinking of its authors.”

Revolution, Rights and Rules was conceived and written by Secretary Markowitz with help from three students from Montpelier High School who served as interns in the Secretary of State’s office. The students, Aleah Starr, Jessie Ebersole, and Ryan Wingate were recognized by Secretary Markowitz for their hard work and dedication to the project. Markowitz also recognized the contributions of Gregory Sanford, State Archivist, and Sigrid Lumbra, Social Studies Coordinator, Vermont Department of Education.

Revolution, Rights and Rules is one of the many publications that the Secretary of State’s office offers to teachers free of charge to enhance their school’s civics education curriculum. All of the programs can be viewed and ordered online at the Secretary of State’s Kids’ Pages at

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: September 10, 2009 15:04:21