The Legislative Branch

A visit to Washington, DC inspired Congressman John Lewis; a video visit to Congress and the Constitutional Convention just might inspire your learners. Using an intriguing video, viewers learn why and how the Founding Fathers created a legislative branch and explores the role it plays in the American government today. A hypothetical soda bill demonstrates to scholars how the first branch of the government works and interacts with the public. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use the video in class to celebrate Constitution Day
  • Develop discussion questions to help learners explore the role of the legislative branch
Classroom Considerations
  • Does not require any background knowledge of the government and its branches
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Dramatic readings from the Founding Fathers and interviews with current political figures engage pupils' interest
  • Real-life examples break down complicated legal principles for individuals
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