Legislative Branch

Educational Resources

Lesson Plans

The Center for Legislative Archives—part of the National Archives—maintains some of the most historically valuable documents created by the federal government: the records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Educators can us these historical documents to teach about representative democracy, how Congress works, and the important role Congress has played throughout American history.

Educational Tools

These tools have been created to complement our lesson material, and can be used both inside and outside of the classroom.


Discover documents that are on exhibit at the Capitol Visitor Center and other institutions. 

Read more

Distance Learning
Featured Documents