Teacher's Companion

The Heritage Guide to the Constitution

Teacher's Companion

This Teaching Edition covers every clause in the Constitution and summarizes each essay in The Heritage Guide to the Constitution. The methodological difference is that the Teaching Edition focuses on major themes of the Constitution and how it operates. It also includes exercises and quizzes to facilitate understanding of the Constitution’s main concepts.

The Teaching Edition is appropriate for classroom settings, reading groups, or individual self-study. It is designed and organized to maximize flexibility: Students can learn about the Constitution by focusing on the branches of government, the seven Articles, or various topics such as voting, the House of Representatives, or federalism. As a result, the Teaching Edition can be the basis of a complete class on the Constitution, a supplement to a course, or an additional teaching or learning source for any course of study that deals with the Constitution.

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  • Student Worksheets

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Understanding The Constitution

  • Lesson 1: How To Read The Constitution
  • Lesson 2: The Purpose of the Constitution

Unit 2: The Legislature

  • Lesson 3: The House of Representatives
  • Lesson 4: The Senate
  • Lesson 5: Congress's Economic Powers
  • Lesson 6: Congress's War Powers
  • Lesson 7: Congress's Territorial Powers, Implied Powers, Citizenship, and the Bureaucracy
  • Lesson 8: Lawmaking and the Rule of Law

Unit 3: The Executive Branch

  • Lesson 9: Office of the Executive
  • Lesson 10: The Powers of the Executive

Unit 4: The Judicial Branch

  • Lesson 11: Courts and Judges
  • Lesson 12: Exercising the Judicial Power
  • Lesson 13: Crime and Punishment

Unit 5: The Constitution, Federalism, and The States

  • Lesson 14: The Constitution, Federalism, and the States

Unit 6: Amendments and The Bill of Rights

  • Lesson 15: The Amendment Process and the Bill of Rights
  • Lesson 16: Substantive Amendments: Amendments I and II
  • Lesson 17: Procedural Amendments: Amendments III, IV, and V
  • Lesson 18: Procedural Amendments: Amendments VI, VII, and VIII

Unit 7: Slavery, Voting, and the Constitution

  • Lesson 19: Slavery and the Constitution
  • Lesson 20: Voting and the Constitution



Julia Shaw, Managing Editor
Research Associate and Program Manager
B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics
The Heritage Foundation



Sonya Haskins, Contributing Editor
Author of The Homeschooler’s Book of Lists



Matthew Spalding, Contributing Editor
Vice President, American Studies
Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics
The Heritage Foundation