Pamela Raines
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration, Homework/Assignment, Lesson, Primary Source, Reading
Middle School, High School
  • Article 1
  • Civics
  • Constitution
  • Government
  • Legislative Branch
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Media Formats:
    Audio, Downloadable docs, Video, Other

    Education Standards

    Civics and Government Lessons

    Civics and Government Lessons


    These lessons concern the United States Constitution Article 1 concerning the establishment and purpose of the Legislative Branch of the three branches of the US Government.

    US Constitution Legislative Branch Introduction and Information

    Prior to video introduction Q & A students to their prior knoeledge.

    Of the three branches of our government, many believe that the most important is the one directly elected by "We the People": the legislative branch, represented by the two houses of the U.S. Congress at the Capitol building. Join a group of middle schoolers on a tour of Washington, D.C. as they learn about the Constitution and what it means to be "We the People." The "We the People" videos are produced in collaboration with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society.

    Reading and Google Slides

    The Constitution and Congress

    The nation’s founders believed Congress to be the fundamental institution of the federal government, since it is the body that most closely represents the people. The framers of the United States Constitution began by creating Congress. Then they established the other two branches of government—the executive branch and the judicial branches

    The Constitution gives each branch distinct powers, but it makes sure that the three are in competition. Each branch has its own ways to check and balance the powers of the other two. The separation and balance of powers has contributed to the government’s enduring vitality, providing order and stability while allowing flexibility for adaptation and change.

    Washington DC Virtual Tour Fun Facts

    For many students, a trip to Washington, D.C. is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that opens their eyes to an exciting world beyond their classrooms. Discovery Education and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden welcome students to a behind-the-scenes Virtual Field Trip to experience the history and beauty of our nation’s capital. This action-packed tour features remarkable special guests and gives viewers an inside look at six landmark locations:

    The White House
    The U.S. Capitol Building
    The Supreme Court
    The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    The Smithsonian National Air and Space Muse