University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Center for Reflective Citizenship
First Annual Essay Contest
This competitive essay contest, conducted in conjunction with the CRC’s annual Constitution Day
Lecture is open to students in public and private educational institutions who are currently enrolled in introductory survey level U.S. History and Government Classes. The essay contest features 3 division levels: middle school (grades 7-8), high school (grades 9-12), and college/university (introductory survey U.S. History and Government courses).
The top 3 winners in each division receive:
1st place: $250.00
2nd place: $150.00
3rd place: $50.00
All winners will receive an awards certificate and a complimentary copy of Dr. David Bobb’s book,
Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue.
• All prospective essay contestants are required to attend the 7th Annual UTC Constitution Day
evening lecture on Thursday, September 21st at 7:30 pm in the UC Auditorium and register for
the essay contest on site. All contestants must list a teacher/sponsor upon registration. Please
read the attached PDF flyer on Constitution Day for context regarding the speaker and the essay
• School and college faculty can have as many students attend the lecture as they wish (subject to
seating accommodations, reservations for large groups are suggested).
• On or before Thursday, September 28th (one week after the lecture), students who registered
for the essay contest will receive via email the specific essay topic, a YouTube link to Dr. Bobb’s
lecture, and a link to related material to assist in the essay writing process. Each educational
institution is limited to five formal submissions per division. If a large number of students from
any school or college prepare essays, it is the responsibility of the school’s faculty sponsor(s) to
select the five best entrants from his or her schools that are submitted for the competition.
• Essay format: The maximum length of each essay is three double-spaced pages (12 point font,
Times New Roman). Endnotes or footnotes are not required. The topic of the essay will be
directly related to the focus of Dr. Bobb’s Constitution Day presentation and an additional link
provided to contestants. Contestants will be expected to spend approximately 60 percent of the
essay describing the Constitution Day speaker’s assertions on how the architects of the
Constitution and other early American leaders such as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
thought it important to cultivate the virtue of humility. In the remaining 40 percent of the essay,
students are expected to assert whether or not these traditional beliefs about humility are
relevant to contemporary American national politics and government and provide a rationale
for their position.
• Referees who judge each division will not be sponsoring teachers for that particular division and
will not know the identity of the essayist or his or her school or university.
Deadline: Essays must be received on or before Thursday, October 27th, 2017
September 17th is Constitution Day! On that date in 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention completed and signed the Constitution of the United States at Independence Hall. In late 2004, Senator Robert Byrd, one of the United States Senates leading Constitutional scholars, introduced legislation that President George W. Bush signed into law on December 8, 2004 requiring that all schools, colleges and Federal agencies receiving Federal funds offer annual educational programming involving the Constitution of the United States on or around Constitution Day, September 17th.
American Freedom Essay Contest
The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia is a great way to celebrate Constitution Day! Since 2007, The Constitutional has sponsored its annual American Freedom Essay Contest in September and October where students compete to win a free school field trip for their entire class to Historic Philadelphia.
Additionally, The Constitutional offers a variety of other resources to help educational institutions and Federal agencies fulfill the annual requirement for Constitution Day programming.
Make a Reservation For Your School's Field Trip.
Please see below for a detailed list of resources offered:
|The Constitutional's Constitution Day Resources||Free||Fee||Target Group||Age Group||Walking Distance||Time Allotment|
|The Constitutional Guided Tour||Teachers, Students, Government & Military, Community Leaders||All ages||1.25 miles||75 minutes|
|The Constitutional Virtual Field Trip||Teachers, Students||Elementary, Middle and High School||N/A||1-2 hours|
|The Constitutional Audio Tour||Teachers, Students, Government & Military, Community Leaders||All ages||1.25 miles||75 minutes|
|The Constitutional Self-Guided Tour||Teachers, Students, Government & Military, Community Leaders||All ages||3.25 miles||3-4 hours|
|Constitution Day Educational Resources, Materials & Merchandise||Teachers, Students, Government & Military, Community Leaders||All ages||N/A||Variable|
The Constitutional Walking Tour More Info
The Constitutional Walking Tour is a 75 minute, 1.25-mile journey that tells the dramatic story of the brave men and women who were responsible for creating America. Step back in time to see where The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were created. See more than 20 of the most historic sites and attractions, including many sites and topics related to the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitutional Walking Tour offers group rates and student discounts for groups of 25 or more. Field Trips for schools and groups can be arranged for almost anytime - weekday or weekend, day or evening. We can accommodate up to 500 walkers. We provide multiple in-house trained tour guides for an entertaining and informative storytelling tour, for children and chaperones alike. We can assist you in integrating our tour into your academic curriculum, including annual Constitution Day programming on or around September 17th.
For more information, click here.
Click here to make a reservation, or call our group sales department at 215-525-1776.
The Constitutional also offers Combination Field Trip Packages with the National Constitution Center with special group package rates (for a minimum of 20 people). For more information, click here to download the PDF, or call our group sales department at 215-525-1776.
As an add on for group tours, we also offer custom souvenir T-shirts for your group so your group members are easily identifiable, as well as souvenir merchandise such as mini Liberty Bells, Constitution Scrolls and pocket Constitutions.
The Constitutional Virtual Field Trip More Info
For those who cannot travel to Philadelphia to walk in Franklin's footsteps, The Constitutional provides free "virtual field trips" through our critically-acclaimed, interactive Web site so that you can "walk" in the Founding Fathers' footsteps and learn about the birth of our Nation, including the creation of the Constitution of the United States, by taking The Constitutional's tour online. These field trips include The Constitutional's educational materials such as: narrative on historic sites, photos, illustrations, and written factual accounts. The Constitutional's virtual field trips can be conducted in classrooms around the country to offer a rich storytelling fabric, including historical facts and stories on the Colonial and Revolutionary Eras.
Download the Virtual Field Trip in PowerPoint format, click here.
For more information, please contact our Education Department at info@TheConstitutional.com or 215-525-1776.
The Constitutional Audio Tour More Info
Grab your iPod and step back in time to see where the United States Constitution was created. The Constitutional Audio Tour includes more than 20 of the most popular historical sites in 75 minutes on a 1.25 mile walking adventure, including many sites related to the Constitution of the United States such as Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. This is a fun way for children to experience history and learn!
The energetic storytellers, tour guides and historical character impersonators provide visitors with an educational and entertaining experience. Using modern day technology, visitors can step back in time to a day and age long before Facebook, smart phones, and the Internet and walk in the Founding Fathers' footsteps.
To hear a free preview, click here.
Pricing is available on a per student basis for qualified educational use only (not for commercial use). For more information on our educational licensing platform, please contact us at 215-525-1776.Self Guided Tours
The Constitutional Self-Guided Walking Tour More Info
The Constitutional Self-Guided Walking Tour takes you on a free self-guided walking journey through America's Most Historic Square Mile. The 3-mile outdoor journey features more than 30 historic sites in the Independence National Historical Park area, including many sites and topics related to the Constitution of the United States, such as Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center.
For more information, click here.
Constitution Day Educational Resources, Materials & Merchandise More Info
Our one-stop-shopping site has organized the most popular Constitution-related resources for you. In addition to all of The Constitutional Walking Tour's programming, we also offer educators a variety of resources that you can purchase to fulfill your educational needs for Constitution Day. We sell various types of historical documents including pocket Constitutions with key facts, pictures and indices, as well as faux parchment scrolls the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights and we even offer sets with quill pens.
Please click here for our recommended reading lists for students of all ages through our online book store powered by Amazon.com.
For more information, please contact our Education Department at info@TheConstitutional.com 215.525.1776.