The First Branch: Congress and the Constitution
February 8, 2018
The Bill of Rights Institute is hosting a free one-day workshop entitled The First Branch: Congress and the Constitution.
At this free one-day seminar, you will discover resources to help engage your students in examining the ideas that inspired the creation of our legislative branch and the history of its development. Primary sources include classroom-friendly excerpts from Madison’s The Debates in the Federal Convention, Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, the Constitution, and more. The curriculum guide includes graphic organizers, role plays, and a glossary to help students understand some of the constitutional principles and civic virtues that animated the creation of our Constitution. The seminar will explore the development of the legislative branch throughout American history.
We will provide you with easy-to-implement resources to bring these concepts alive as well as provide new methods to teach these topics to your students.
This workshop is best suited for high school U.S. History and Government teachers.
Program Location: Pittsburgh Marriott City Center | 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Click here for directions.
Parking will be covered by the Bill of Rights Institute.
The workshop begins at 8:00 A.M. with registration and breakfast, and concludes at 3:00 P.M.
Teachers should dress in business casual for the day.
- Use student-friendly activities to analyze primary sources including the U.S. Constitution, writings of the Founding Era, and Supreme Court cases.
- Participate in engaging role play lessons that will help students analyze the debates at the Constitutional Convention.
- Participate in simulation activities that bring to light the competing interests faced by members of Congress.
- Trace twentieth century developments that fundamentally altered the way Congress functions.
- Participate in lectures and discussions with a scholar to improve your own understanding and bring knowledge back to your classroom.
- Be awarded a professional development certificate for 6 seat hours.
Questions? Please contact Laura Vlk at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.894.1776 x 20.
This workshop is made possible by the generous support of the Allegheny Foundation.