Northport seventh grade students in Andrew Mackenzie’s class are diligently processing new information on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Students are learning that there are twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution and are participating in deep discussions about each Amendment to select which two Amendments they think that they can live without. Students conducted research and identified evidence-based reasons to support their point of view on this topic. They are really looking at the Constitution and familiarizing themselves with important American issues. Mr. Mackenzie planned his lesson collaboratively with all seventh grade Civics instructors at Northport.

New instructor, Andrew Mackenzie, who recently graduated from the University of Arizona says, “The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are foundations of American society. Getting students engaged as early as possible in understanding the Bill of Rights will give them a better appreciation of why America is so unique.” Students learned that the delegates to the Continental Congress signed the Constitution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1787 and each September 17th is commemorated as “Constitution Day.” Great job Mr. Mackenzie and class!