A Teacher Guide for Women’s History Month

The 116th U.S Congress that began its two-year session in January 2019 is historic for a few reasons. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is not only the first woman to hold the position, but also is the first person to return to the Speaker’s office in the House since Sam Rayburn in 1955. On another historical note, 102 women were elected to the House of Representatives and 25 serve in the Senate — the most women ever elected to Congress. With next year marking one hundred years since ratification of the 19th Amendment, this Women’s History Month is about more than just looking back. In this resource, find a list of compelling questions, student activities, and resources and lesson ideas.

  • Resource Type: Modules (Teaching Unit), Primary Sources
  • Subject: Citizenship
  • Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Win the White House (Game and Teacher Guide)

In Win the White House, your students take on the role of presidential candidate from the primary season all the way through to the general election. The player strategically manages time and resources to gain control of as many electoral votes as possible over a ten-week campaign. This can only be done by effectively communicating his or her position on issues, and mastering media and public appearances.

  • Resource Type: Games, Interactives
  • Subject: Executive Branch/Presidency
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8

Constitutional Index – House of Representatives Clause

The Constitutional Index breaks down the U.S. Constitution by Section, Amendment, and Clause and contains broader topics and themes. These are used to cross-reference Library resources in an effort to annotate constitutional history.

  • Resource Type: Primary Sources, Research (Digests of Primary Sources)
  • Subject: Legislative Branch/Congress
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Constitutional Index – Speaker of the House Clause

The Constitutional Index breaks down the U.S. Constitution by Section, Amendment, and Clause and contains broader topics and themes. These are used to cross-reference Library resources in an effort to annotate constitutional history.

  • Resource Type: Primary Sources, Research (Digests of Primary Sources)
  • Subject: Legislative Branch/Congress
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Destination White House: Grades 3-5

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Destination White House show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they provide an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Executive Branch/Presidency
  • Grades: 3, 4, 5

Destination White House: Grades 6-8

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Destination White House show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they provide an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Executive Branch/Presidency
  • Grades: 6, 7, 8

Destination White House: Grades 9-12

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Destination White House show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they provide an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.

  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Subject: Executive Branch/Presidency
  • Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

The YLI E-Congress Legislative Simulation

Looking for an interactive way to teach about the legislative branch? The Youth Leadership Initiative’s E-Congress program allows students to learn about Congress by writing original legislation and following it through the lawmaking process. Registration is required.

  • Resource Type: Editorial Cartoons, Lesson Plans, Quizzes, Research (Digests of Primary Sources), Surveys
  • Subject: Legislative Branch/Congress
  • Grades: 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Find a Member of Congress

Locate information on current and previous members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Also learn how to contact your current representative or senator.

  • Resource Type: Essays, Media, Primary Sources
  • Subject: Legislative Branch/Congress
  • Grades: 10