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.
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Lesson: Legacy of Republicanism
Lesson: The Nature of Representation in the U.S. Congress
Lesson: The Constitutional Powers of Congress
Lesson: The Commerce Clause and the Expanding Powers of Congress
Lesson: The Battle for Balance
Lesson: The Balance of Power between the Legislative and Executive Branches
Lesson: All Legislative Powers Herein Granted— The Legislative Process 1789-1860
Lesson: The Civil War to 1910: The Golden Age of Parties
Lesson: Congress in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Lesson: Congress in the Modern Era
Lesson: Model House of Representatives Project