Timeline Article I Article I creates the two sections of Congress – the Senate and the House – and outlines its powers and limits. Timeline Article I – War Powers The framers specified the powers of Congress in great detail in Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution. They include the power to declare war. Handout How a Bill Becomes a Federal Law Through this lesson, students will learn about the dynamic process of federal lawmaking and how it relates to them. Handout One School’s Fight: The Making of a Law Through this lesson, students will learn about the dynamic interconnections of people, principles, and process that are involved in making federal laws. Video Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes a Federal Law Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R., Texas) explain the complex process of turning a bill into federal law in discussions with high school students. Video One School’s Fight: The Making of a Law This documentary tells the story of a tiny school in Yosemite National Park that tries to solve its funding problem by getting a bill passed in Congress and, in the process, learns many lessons about how federal laws are made. Timeline Article I – Commerce Clause The Constitution is ratified. Article 1, Section 8 gives Congress the authority “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” Game LawCraft Students play as a senator or representative from a state and political party they select. Then their challenge is to get Congress to pass a bill based on a hot topic from a constituent.