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Constitution Day 2015: Lunch with James Madison video now Live!

Do you have Constitution Day plans for your students? Join thousands from across America on September 17 by being a part of the Youth Leadership Initiative's first online video event, Constitution Day 2015: Lunch with James Madison!

This twenty-six minute film features seven high school and middle school aged students sharing lunch and discussing the Constitution with President James Madison. YLI went back to fall of 1814- just after the end of the War of 1812 to question the fourth president about Constitutional challenges that faced his presidency. Lunch consisted of period dishes that would have been served at Montpelier, home of the Madisons. While sipping water and eating ham and apple cake the students brought up topics such as:

  • Challenges to executive power during times of war
  • Political faction and its influence on the Constitution
  • Madison's changing views on the need for the Bill of Rights

The video hosted by youtube allows YLI to reach all of its participating schools at a time of their convenience to engage in a constitutional conversation. An accompanying graphic organizer is hosted on YLI's Lesson Plans page and will help students make the most of the dialogue. Additional lesson plans on the YLI website support this activity including a three act play on the Constitution entitled, The Plan, a Constitution Board Game entitled, Constitutional Compromise, and several lessons on the Bill of Rights. Registered YLI educators may access "Constitution Day 2015: Lunch with James Madison" and the associated constitutional resources by logging in at www.youthleadership.net and visiting the Lesson Plans page. As with all YLI resources, Constitution Day 2015: Lunch with James Madison is free to educators. We hope that many will use this resource to celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Constitution.