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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 constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday.
This program has been supported by The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
The National Constitution Center offers educators of all grade levels free, online resources to help teach the Constitution on September 17th and throughout the school year.
Linda R. Monk, an award-winning author and journalist, takes us through the Constitution, line by line, to help us comprehend this amazing document and to see the variety of ways in which it has been interpreted.
The National Archives and Records Administration serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. We ensure continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. We support democracy, promote civic education, and facilitate historical understanding of our national experience.
Looking for Constitution Day activities? Download a free lesson plan on McCulloch v. Maryland (1819) from our newest publication, Supreme Court DBQs, Volume II. Students will analyze primary source documents including the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, Supreme Court opinions, political cartoons, and more to understand more about the Necessary and Proper Clause in the Constitution. See the Bill of Rights Institute website for more Constitution Day resources like lesson plans, interactive activities, videos, and SMART Board activities.
Share My Lesson was developed by the American Federation of Teachers, a union of over 1.5 million professionals, and TSL Education, creators of TES Connect, the largest network of teachers in the world. Share My Lesson is a place where educators can come together to share their greatest teaching resources and collaborate on best practices at no cost. Share My Lesson features a significant resource bank aligned to the Common Core State Standards, including advice and guidance to aid in their successful implementation.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the premier national resource for professional development and classroom support in the subject of American history. Gilder Lehrman’s website offers History by Era, an online history content portal providing in-depth analysis and resources on U.S. eras and themes from the 1490’s to modern day. Find resources such as primary sources with images, presentations by historians and master teachers, podcasts, and more to enhance your Constitution Day instruction. Registration is free for all K-12 students and educators. Teachers are also encouraged to enroll their schools as Gilder Lehrman Affiliate Schools. This special status provides additional resources and professional development opportunities at no cost.
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The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization devoted to increasing understanding, facilitating research, and encouraging discussion of the U.S. Constitution by connecting individuals with the documentary history of its creation, ratification, and amendment.
AIHE is a leading provider of technology-based classroom and professional development resources for History, Social Studies and Language Arts teachers. An award-winning organization, AIHE was founded in 2003 to provide teachers with classroom tools designed to increase the overall academic achievement of students.
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