Bell Ringers
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On July 13, 2020

Bell Ringer: History of the U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol Building

U.S. Capitol Building


This Bell Ringer is to be used as an anticipatory set to introduce the Legislative Branch of our government. This video exposes students to the Grandeur and history of the Capitol Building. You may use it with the whole class. Have students turn and talk with a partner to answer the questions. Have some of the groups share their answers. Teachers may also use the attached Handout: History of the U.S. Capitol and assign it to students through Google Classroom, Schoology, or other platform.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • How does the United States Capitol building represent our history as a nation?
  • Does the history of the Capitol building and the statues and people inside tell the whole story of our country? Why or why not?
  • Based on this video clip and your own personal experiences, what are your impressions of the building and its history?

Additional Resources



    • Branches Of Government
    • Congress
    • House Of Representatives
    • Senate


    Legislative Branch


    Middle School