September 17 is Constitution Day, a national day of observance in the United States that celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become citizens throughout the history of the nation. The occasion is observed on September 17 as a nod to the Constitutional Convention, at which delegates signed the original document on the 17th of September, 1787.
In honor of Constitution Day, we’re sharing these conversation starters developed with our friend Christopher Phillips, creator of the Democracy Cafe and Socrates Cafe concepts. These ideas should help you frame a discussion with older kids, probably ages 10 and up, about the nature of our rights and responsibilities. Use them on Constitution Day or any day!