Weekly Highlights: 09/10/2013
Constitution Day Resources from the Library of Congress
Where should teachers and students look for resources for Constitution Day? Where else but the Library of Congress? In our ongoing effort to send resources from the Library of Congress for immediate classroom use, we ask you to check out the Teacher Blogs at the Teacher Page of the Library of Congress which include Constitution Day and Congress.gov: Exploring the Legislative Process. http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2013/09/constitution-day-and-congress-gov-exploring-the-legislative-process-using-real-legislation/
A new tool fro The Library of Congress Congress.gov will replace the old Thomas.gov system and provide a highly usable open window into the legislative system, past and present.
On September 17, Constitution Day, consider asking students to find aspects of the legislative process in Article I of the Constitution http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/h?ammem/bdsbib:@field(NUMBER+@od1(bdsdcc+c0801)) and tie the constitutionally granted powers to current usage through Congress.gov .
Students can use Congress.gov to see original founding documents including U.S. Congress records from 1774-1875. They can follow a bill through the legislative process and compare its journey to the steps they found in the Constitution.