Fault Lines: Resources for Teachers

My co-author, Sanford Levinson, is a Constitutional scholar who teaches at the University of Texas and Harvard Law Schools. You can read about him and his other works here. To see how we wrote it together, read our Q&A with Gayleen Rabakukk on Cynthia Leitich-Smith’s Cynsations blog.

Discussion Guides and Teaching Activities

Peachtree’s Discussion Guide is packed with engaging questions, fun activities, and easy printables, including “I Am Constitutionally Literate” stickers!

School Library Journal published terrific Teaching Ideas for social studies and humanities classrooms.

Math teachers: You can find lesson plans, explanations, videos, graphics, and activities galore at “Investigating Gerrymandering and the Math Behind Partisan Maps.”


Be sure to subscribe to our Fault Lines in the Constitution blog, which updates the book every two weeks. (That’s how timely it is!)

CONTEST! Until February 28, 2018, students can enter our Blog-a-Fault-Line Contest!! Winners’ blogs are posted on our site, and their schools get a free Skype visit from the co-authors!


The National Archives and Records Administration Education Office has developed terrific games related to the Constitution. Two of them relate directly to Fault Lines in the Constitution.

The Amendment Process Board Game is like Chutes and Ladders. Here are the Instructions.

Can You Change the Constitution? shows older students how difficult the process is, just as we describe in Chapter 18. For this game, you’ll need four 20-sided die. Here are the Game Cards.


Many public radio stations interviewed Sandy and me about Fault Lines in the Constitution. Here are links to conversations that are particularly informative:


Watch us at the National Archives, the National Book Festival, and the Harvard Law School.


These websites are especially useful: