The US Constitution

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This course looks at how the US Constitution was established, as well as how the national government was formed and structured. It also explores the rights and liberties of the American people as enshrined in the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments to the Constitution. Finally, the course looks at how the power was distributed and the creation of the three branches of government: the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. Legislation proposed by West Virginia Sen. Robert C. Byrd and enacted by U.S. Public Law 108-447 on December 8, 2004 designated September 17 each year as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It requires each federal agency to provide new employees with educational and training materials about the US Constitution as part of orientation. The law also requires federal agencies to provide US Constitution education and training materials to all employees on Sept. 17 of each year. These course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments.


  • recognize the need for the creation of the US Constitution
  • identify the role of the Great Compromise in the creation of the Constitution
  • identify the Anti-Federalist concerns over the draft constitution and their effect on the Constitution
  • recognize the purpose of each article of the Constitution
  • recognize how Articles I, II, and III correspond with the branch of government to which they give power
  • recognize what is meant by the supremacy clause
  • recognize how the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution works in the practice of the government
  • identify each branch of the US government with its role
  • identify how the US Constitution shapes the government as we know it today
  • recognize how amendments are made to the US Constitution
  • identify the purpose of the Bill of Rights and examples of its application
  • recognize key amendments to the US Constitution
  • identify how the US Constitution shapes the government as we know it today


  • Creation of the US Constitution
  • The Articles of the US Constitution
  • The Distribution of Power
  • Knowledge Check: Getting to Know the US Constitution
  • Amending the Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights
  • Other Amendments to the Constitution
  • Knowledge Check: Exploring the US Constitution