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American Government and the Legislative Process

Listed below includes various websites that provide students the opportunity to learn about the Legislative Process.


Interactive Websites

  • E-Congress Online Simulation
    From the Youth Leadership Initiative, an interactive online simulation that allows students to learn about the law making process. Through this simulation, students work through five different phases (intro, research, writing, committee, and house floor) to learn about the workings of Congress. There are additional lesson plans to help teachers effectively implement E-Congress in their classroom.
  • New Jersey Hangout
    An interactive website that introduces students to various aspects of NJ Government and History.


Primary Documents

  • Ashbrook’s 50 Core Documents
    From Ashbrook, a number of free primary documents teachers can use to help supplement their lessons, discussions, assignments, and projects on America’s democracy.
  • Constitutional Sources Project
    A page a part of a project known as ConSource. This page provides a number of primary documents related to the Constitution and the American government.
  • Core Documents of U.S. Democracy
    Website that has a number of primary documents to help students learn what defines American democracy. Some documents you will find here include the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, and much more.
  • DocsTeach
    Thousands of primary sources selected from the National Archives to help teachers bring history alive to their students. Activities are also provided to help teachers teach the documents.


Sample Lesson Plans

  • Constitutional Rights Foundation
    Common Core Standards aligned, CRF seeks to help young people develop a  deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. See their Bill of Rights Lesson Plans.
  • Constitutional Sources Project Lesson Plans 
    A page a part of a project known as ConSource. This page provides a number of sample lesson plans related to the Constitution and the American government for upper elementary students up until high school.
  • Government 101
    From Center of Action Civics, a resource filled website that provides sample lessons on American government. This website is geared towards helping teachers design a more civic active classroom, and showing students how they can have an impact on local and national government decisions.