To provide an introductory overview of the unit, show the six-minute thematic documentary, Commander in Chief: War and the Constitution, available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdLSZ-3AR6k.
Distribute Handout A: War and the Constitution (V2). Have students look over, but not actually read, the excerpts.
Before reading any of the Constitution, which branch appears to have greater war powers?
After reading the Constitution, was your prediction about which branch has greater war powers correct? Why or why not?
Have students discuss the questions in pairs. After a few moments, reconvene the class for large group sharing.