Basic materials for CONSTITUTION COMICS WORKSHOPS.

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

Basic Cartooning Resources:

Founding Documents:

“Why do we even have a government, anyways?”

D.I.Y. Declaration of Independence / Preamble

The preamble of the Declaration of Independence explains WHY people make governments… What do these reasons look like when YOU cartoon them?

SOURCE TEXT: Declaration of Independence (1776)


“What do we want THIS government to accomplish?”

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

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)

“What are our RIGHTS as citizens? What can (& can’t) our government do?”

“Bill of Rights” Comics Activity

A quick comics-making project to dig into (& understand) the text of the Constitution…

SOURCE: Bill of Rights (1791)

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

US Supreme Court Cases:

“What do all those words in the Constitution even MEAN?”

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

1st AMENDMENT:

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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