This unit contains eight lessons that focus on major bills,
amendments, and issues debated by the First Federal Congress
(FFC). Most of the lessons are part of an ongoing simulation
or, more specifically, mock Congress.
The primary goal of the instructional activities is to help
students understand some of the roles that Congress plays
in our government as illustrated by some of the debates that
took place at the First Federal Congress.
Each lesson, along with its related handouts, can be downloaded below.
Lesson 1: Rules of Debate
Students learn simplified rules of debate to follow during the mock Congress.
Lesson 2: How Does Congress Represent Us?
Students debate theories of representation in the context of the Bill of Rights. (Mock Congress)
Lesson 3: Tariff Bill
Students debate proposals to place "imposts" on imports. (Mock Congress)
Lesson 4: Funding Bill
Students debate the plan to repay the national debt. (Mock Congress)
Lesson 5: Removal Resolution
Congress debates who has the power to remove executive officials. (Mock Congress)
Lesson 6: Assumption Issue and Residence Bill
Students debate proposals to have the federal government assume state
debts and to create a permanent capital. Opportunities for compromise
await perceptive participants. (Mock Congress)
Lesson 7: National Bank Bill
Students debate proposals to create a national bank when the power is not specifically granted in the Constitution. (Mock Congress)
Lesson 8: Unit Review
Students complete a chart to review major decisions of the First
Federal Congress and how they relate to the roles of Congress.
resources for the First Congress Unit are listed below and include
state placards, members of the first U.S. House and Senate, unit
acknowledgements and credits, and a complete unit bibliography.
- State Placards:
- Georgia, Presiding Officer, Secretary
- New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts
- Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina
- Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland
- Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey
- Members of the First U.S. Senate
- Members of the First U.S. House of Representatives
- First Congress Unit Acknowledgements & Credits
- First Congress Unit Bibliography
For more information about the First Congress Unit, contact Fran O'Malley.