Lesson Plan, Video


The First Branch: Congress and the Constitution guides students on a tour of the legislative branch of the government of the United States. Through primary source analysis and engaging activities, students will examine the purpose of a legislature, the design of the U.S Congress, its powers, its history and the reality of how Congress works today. This curriculum also includes an interactive model Congress project that puts students in the seats of legislators, helping them better appreciate the real challenge of making a bill become a law.


  • Social Studies > United States History
  • Social Studies > Civics

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


Representative/Republican government; civic virtue; civil discourse; separation of powers; consent of the governed; majority rule, minority rights; inalienable/natural rights Constitution; Founders, Colonial America; American Revolution; the Founding; Early Republic Separation of powers, representative/republican government, civic virtue, Founders, Constitution the founding, early republic, 2010s



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