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Capitol History and Virtual Online Tour 
A blue print of the U.S. Capitol's construction and colorful history; accompanied by photos and an online tour.  Want to plan a field trip to the Capitol?  Click here for more information and guidance.

Learning About Lincoln
The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (ALBC) wants to make teaching Lincoln easy for teachers with its growing online clearinghouse of lesson plans and teaching resources. Celebrate 200 years of Lincoln with your students. The Smithsonian Institute is celebrating Lincoln throughout 2009 click here for a list of Smithsonian-wide events and programs.  The National Portrait Gallery also offers lesson plans for teachers here.

North Carolina Teachers Institute
Offered by the NC Humanities Council, the North Carolina Teachers Institute provides access to continued intellectual growth for K-12 public school teachers from across the state.  Connecting classroom teachers and university scholars, the Institute creates the rigorous, stimulating environment found in the best graduate education.  Weekend seminars throughout the year and a week-long summer seminar are content-rich, intellectually stimulating, and interdisciplinary.

Teacher in Congress Internship
Our office coordinates an annual internship for Fifth District school teachers to travel to Washington, D.C. for a week of intensive learning and curriculum development activities each summer.

Library of Congress’ Summer Teacher Institutes
The Library of Congress’ Summer Teacher Institutes are designed to introduce educators to the millions of digitized primary sources from the Library and to give teachers the tools to put these resources to work in classrooms. The Institutes are open to all educators in grades 4-12 including teachers, librarians and media specialists in public, private or religious schools, and to home schooling parents.

North Carolina History Project - Educator's Corner
The John Locke Foundation started the North Carolina History Project not only to encourage a wide variety of historical questions and provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas but also to emphasize overlooked or forgotten historical themes. The Educator’s Corner is exclusively created for classroom purposes. Educators are encouraged to use encyclopedia entries and commentaries in conjunction with lesson plans. Lessons are created for many educational levels and are frequently added to the Educator’s Corner.
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Constitution of the United States
This is a great site to view high resolution scans of the original, signed Constitution; read an essay about the Constitutional convention; learn dozens of fascinating facts about the Constitution; and learn about each of the signers at this site from the National Archives and Records Administration.

How Our Laws Are Made
This publication written by the Parliamentarian of the House of Representatives describes the procedures of Congress.

Learning About the Women in Congress
This page features materials designed to help teachers and students use the information presented in Women in Congress in their classrooms.

An Oral History of the U.S. House
Beginning in 2004, the Office of the Clerk authorized the first oral history program for the U.S. House of Representatives under the Office of History and Preservation (OHP). The program reveals the rich heritage of the House to Members, staff, scholars, and the general public through detailed descriptions of legislative processes and procedures, personal and political anecdotes, and recollections about the evolving nature of the institution.  Educational resources such as lesson plans are also available by clicking here.

Kids in the House Teacher Resources
Looking to bring the U.S. House of Representatives into your classroom? The Office of the Clerk has provided resources, activities, and lesson plans accompany the content on this site.

Your Congress
This website contains a plethora of information about the U.S. Congress such as a demographic look at the current membership, historical party divisions, and how Members are elected.

Resources from the Library of Congress
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The Learning Page
Lesson plans and activities for using primary sources in the classroom.

Selected Library of Congress Resources for North Carolina
The extensive collections at the Library of Congress contain historic artifacts and cultural materials from across the U.S. This link is just a sample of the many North Carolina resources available for free on the Library's Web site.

American Memory
Millions of digital items that document American history and culture.

Today in History
From the American Memory collections.

Performing Arts Encyclopedia
The Library's collection of scores, sheet music, audio, films and more.

Local Legacies
Creative arts, crafts and customs celebrating America's richly diverse culture.

Lyrical Legacy
An in-depth look at unique song and poetry documents from the Library’s digital collections.

Resources from the National Archives
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Teaching With Documents
Find a treasure trove of reproducible primary sources, lesson plans correlated to national standards, and cross-curricular connections.

Professional Development
Learn about engaging workshops, videoconferences, and summer institutes for teachers.

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