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10 thoughts on “ If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution

  1. Haley S Haley S says:

    All kids should read this when they are studying the Constitution!

  2. Darlene Darlene says:

    I read this non-fiction history book aloud to my children.

    This children's book provides a really good overview of the events leading up to the formation of the Constitution, the process by which it was written and signed, and some background information about important historical figures including Ben Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, William Paterson, Roger Sherman, and Luther Martin.

    My children and I really enjoyed this book. The language is appropriate for young listeners, and the book provided just enough information in small bites without being too overwhelming. What we found most interesting were the amendments that were added to the Constitution and how they had an impact on the lives of Americans. For example, before the 13th Amendment was added to the Constitution in 1865, it was legal to own slaves.

    Joan Holub's illustrations are bright and colourful, and they are featured on nearly every page. It was very interesting for my kids to see how people looked and dressed during that time period.

    Overall, I am very impressed with this series and will be looking for more of them to add to our collection. This book is a very good complement to your American history studies, and I would recommend it! The series is marketed as appropriate for Grades 3-5.

    MY RATING: 4 stars!! It was very good, and we would recommend it!

  3. Lisa Herring Lisa Herring says:

    Book Title: If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy

    Short Description of the Book: In this story, Levy used the sequence of events that lined up to the signing of the constitution. She uses a question and answer format for each page.

    Focus: Informational features I would use in a mini lesson:

    1). Text features: Students will be shown how to write using text features in their writing.
    2). Sequencing: Students will learn how to write in a correct sequence.
    3). Question/Answer form: Students will be shown how to write using a question as their guide and then answering the question on the page.


    1. After introducing the book the students will be shown the text features that are used in the book.
    2. Students will then write three questions to write about in their writings.
    3. Students will write a story using the question and answer process.
    4. Students will then conference with the teacher.
    5. They will return to revise their writings.

    What I expect my students to learn from the lesson.
    • I want my students to learn how to write using text features and question/answer sequencing.
    • I want my students to be able to revise their writings appropriately.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
    o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3a Orient the reader by establishing a situation and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally.
    o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3b Use dialogue and description to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
    o CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3e Provide a conclusion that follows from the narrated experiences or events.

  4. Dolly Dolly says:

    This summer I took our girls to Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which was the model for the U.S. Bill of Rights. After our tour, we visited the gift shop and I purchased this book to read at home. I liked the format and I thought the way the material was presented made it easy to read in sections or all at once.

    The narrative is long, but not overwhelming, and the book outlines both the Constitution itself as well as the people who wrote it and signed it. George Mason is famous for not signing the Constitution, because a Bill of Rights was not initially included. He eventually got his way, of course, but his refusal to sign strained his relationships with the nation's leaders, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

    Overall, we found this to be an informative book. It's not terribly engaging, but we broke up the reading over a couple of nights, so our girls didn't get bored. I think it's a good way to introduce the history of the Constitution or to reinforce concepts that have already been taught. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  5. Stacy Stacy says:

    This book is part of a series about the United States. While it mainly deals with the time during the writing of the Constitution it also addresses who some of the founding fathers were, the Bill of Rights, the American Revolution, and issues like slavery. The pictures are fun and not too whimsical. Like the other books in the series, there is a list of questions in the table of contents so the child can quickly go to the answer in which he or she is most interested.

  6. Heather Heather says:

    This has the same basic information (give or take a tidbit or two) that the Cheney and Maestro books have. This is a little more textbooky/dry, but still has value. It could easily be read by a middle schooler or even an elementary student with a bit of help for the 'big' words.

    I need to read back through all the Constitution books we used to pick a favorite.

  7. Dorian Dorian says:

    A very good book about our Constitution. I would definitely use this to talk to introduce students to our Constitution and how we are affected by it. It is a little more packed than a book I would give to an elementary schooler, but if the student was an advanced reader and interested in the Constitution, then I would consider giving them this book to read.

  8. Stephanie Klaren Stephanie Klaren says:

    This book is geared for middle elementary students, the pictures help the reader follow what is going on. This book is all about the beginning of the United States of America and how we parted from England. This book tells the story about the Revolutionary War and and who came up with the Constitution. This would be a good book for a history lesson.

  9. Massanutten Regional Library Massanutten Regional Library says:

    Joseph, Central patron, June 2018, 5 stars:

    This book gives an excellent introduction to younger audiences and a refresher to adults about how the Constitution was created. I highly recommend this book to all readers of all ages!

  10. Genoise Genoise says:

    Great introduction to our Constitution for children ages 6-10.