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On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history. Now Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans.

NEW and COMING SOON! Constitution Hall Pass: Constitution Day 2013: The Legislative Branch

Online video lesson and live chat: September 9-20, 2013 (live chat on weekdays only)
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history—without leaving the classroom! Constitution Hall Pass video lessons and live chats are a hit with millions of students and teachers nationwide. Our brand-new episode, “Constitution Day 2013: The Legislative Branch,” provides a behind-the-scenes look at how laws are made in the United States and features a special introduction by Congressman John Lewis. Students will:

  • Discover the debates and disagreements at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that led to the development of a bicameral legislature
  • Learn how Article I of the Constitution established the legislative branch and the role of Congress
  • Explore the famous sites where Congress took shape including Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Federal Hall in New York City, and the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
  • Understand how the law-making process works today, how members of Congress are accountable to "We the People," and the importance of civic participation

All you need is an internet connection to participate! Tune in at

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This program has been supported by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.

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