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High School & College Students

Service Academy Nominations
Get info about attending West Point, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, or Coast Guard Academy

Student Loans
Information on student loans from the federal government

The Congressional Award
The Congressional Award is a public partnership created by Congress to promote and recognize achievement, initiative, and service in America's youth. The Congressional Award provides a unique opportunity for young people to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.

Just For Kids

Do You Know What Happened on This Date in History?
Find out what happened today in history

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government
Learn how your U.S. Government works, about its history and your civic responsibilities by reading these pages and playing the games on this site.

Kid's in the House: The Official Kid's Page of the U.S. House of Representatives
Learn about the legislative process and its effect on you. Experience the exciting world of government like you never have before.

First Gov for Kids
The federal government's portal for fun, educational and safe sites for kids.

CIA's Homepage for Kids
Learn what it takes to be a spy, read about the history of the CIA and try on spy disguises.

National Zoo
Meet the animals that live at our national zoo.

NASA Just for Kids
Learn about our missions to space, new technologies and the history of our space program.

Smithsonian Kids' Castle
The Smithsonian's official site for kids includes games and learning material about the things that kids are interested in.


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.

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.

How Congress Works

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

The Learning Page
Lesson plans and activities for using primary sources in the classroom.

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

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

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