Constitution Comics!

Basic materials for CONSTITUTION COMICS WORKSHOPS.

JUMP TO: Cartooning | Founding Docs | Supreme Court Cases | Featured Comics

Basic Cartooning Resources:

Founding Documents:

D.I.Y. Declaration of Independence / Preamble

Why do we even have a government, anyways? The preamble of the Declaration of Independence provides some reasons… What do they look like when YOU cartoon them?

SOURCE TEXT: Declaration of Independence (1776)


What IS This Thing, the ‘U.S. Constitution’?

Here are a few open questions as we explore & debate the founding documents of US government & law!

D.I.Y. US Constitution / Preamble

What do we want THIS government to accomplish? The Preamble of the US Constitution lays out the collective goals of the US government. What do they look like when YOU cartoon ’em in comics form?

SOURCE TEXT: Constitution of the United States (1787)

US Supreme Court Cases:

Cases argued before the Supreme Court give a detailed look at the reasoning & evolution of US laws. Each case tells a story, and each decision shapes our lives & society!

TEMPLATE: Supreme Court Case Comics

This template provides a basic approach to exploring & explaining any case. To cartoon the law, we have to decide which facts & quotes are most important, & represent them clearly to readers. Grab your favorite court decision, & give it a try!

SOURCE: Bill of Rights (1789)

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution establish fundamental rights of citizens, & dramatically limit the government’s powers. (It’s fun to cartoon Supreme Court cases that “wrangle” with these rights.)

SOURCE: OYEZ.org = Supreme Court info & case summaries!

1st AMENDMENT:

Tinker v. Des Moines (1968)

Does a prohibition against the wearing of armbands in public school, as a form of symbolic protest, violate the students’ freedom of speech protections guaranteed by the First Amendment?

“It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” ~ Justice Abe Fortas

4th AMENDMENT:

New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985)

Vernonia v. Acton (1995)

NH State COMICStitution: Bill of Rights (Articles #1-12)

Comics adaptations of each article & more, in printable poster format.

NH Constitution / Article 83: Encouragement of Literature…

The role of public schools, & the essential subjects they teach.

Justice David Souter: “Civic Ignorance”

A warning & a call to action.

Wooley V. Maynard (1977)

In this early Live Free and Draw episode, “freedom” takes an unexpected turn…

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