Legislative Branch

September Feature:
Teaching the Constitution

This lesson engages students in a study of the Constitution to learn the significance of "Six Big Ideas" contained in it. Students analyze the text of the Constitution in a variety of ways, examine primary sources to identify their relationship to its central ideas, and debate the core constitutional principles as they relate to today's political issues. The Six Big Ideas are: limited government, republicanism, checks and balances, federalism, separation of powers, and popular sovereignty. This lesson asks students to explore those ideas and apply them to current issues.

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Our lesson plans are designed to assist teachers with using primary source materials to integrate Congress into history, government, and civics classes.

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