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Congress and the Legislative Branch: Lesson Plans and Resources

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Congress and the Legislative Branch: Lesson Plans and Resources


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Lesson Plans and Resources for Teaching About Congress and the Legislative Branch

Congress and state legislatures have the power to make laws. James Madison famously wrote in Federalist 51 that in our form of government: "The legislative authority necessarily predominates." This collection provides resources to help today's students understand: 

- What powers do Congress and state legislatures have? 

- How have those powers been used or changed over time? 

- What issues face Congress today? 

Educating for Democratic Citizenship

The Shanker Institute in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers, Share My Lesson the and the AFT Innovation Fund has launched this Educating for Democratic Citizenship Project whereby a group of accomplished, experienced AFT educators have developed these Action Civics lessons and materials that we hope will improve teaching and learning of American History, Government, and Civics for teachers and students.