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Legislative Branch - Want Ads: An Introductory Lesson
Students investigate Congressional responsibilities. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students explore the responsibilities of Congressional members and then write want-ads that feature the salary, skills, location, job requirements, and job benefits of House and Senate office holders.
Students explain why the Framers designed a long and complicated legislative process, and evaluate how effectively the legislative branch of the government is serving the purposes for which it was created.
Life before Congress
Pupils name some interesting backgrounds of Members of Congress, identify their current representatives in the legislative branch of the national government, and describe the background of one local representative or senator.
Checks and Balances
In this government lesson, learners are introduced democracy and the idea of checks and balances. In groups, students research one particular branch of government and record their findings on a graphic organizer. Learners then complete a jigsaw activity, where the experts teach the other groups.
Congress and Interest Groups
Learners consider the relationship between Congressional members and special interest groups. In this legislative branch lesson plan, students conduct research to identify donations made to Congressional committee members by lobbyists.
CongressLink Lesson Plan: Why Do We Need a Congress Anyway?
Young scholars explore the role of Congress. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy. Young scholars identify community issues and discuss how they can bring these issues to the attention of their Congressional representatives.
"Let us Reason Together" Lyndon Johnson, Master Legislator
Students explore the contributions of Lyndon B. Johnson. For this congress lesson, students listen to their instructor lecture on the prowess of Lyndon B. Johnson's legislative skills. Students respond to discussion questions connected to the lecture and participate in a legislative simulation.
Hate Crimes Legislation
Students investigate hate crime legislation. In this hate crime lesson, students examine the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Students explore the fine between hate crime legislation and First Amendment rights.
Students explore the departments within the judicial and executive branches of United States government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
NC Branches of Government
Fourth graders use the internet, social studies book and Inspiration to research the three branches of NC government. They examine ways North Carolinians govern themselves and identify major government authorities at the local and state level.
The Three Branches of Government
Students complete a unit on the three branches of government. They compare/contrast the three branches of government, write a letter or e-mail to an executive in the Federal Government, and develop outlines for historical documents.
Branches of Government
Fourth graders work in groups to research the branches of government and create a presentation to share with the class. In this branches of government lesson, 4th graders choose one of nine activities related issue of the banning of cartoons.
Learning about the three branches of government can be fun. Pupils learn about government using the resource links provided, answer questions, and create a PowerPoint presentation on the legislative branch.
Utah's Legislative Branch: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Seventh graders explain the steps by which a bill becomes a law. They research how a bill becomes a law within the three branches of Utah's government and synthesize their research and discussion in a classroom representation of government.
Role of Congress in Formulating Policy
Students explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy as they research the topic and write essays regarding their findings.
Leaders in the Legislative Branch
Students read case studies about the leaders in the legislative branch of government. After reading the studies, they discover how the leaders have compromised on issues to best serve their states. They answer discussion questions and identify the roles lawmakers have played in public life.
Bill of Rights and Lawmaking
Ninth graders consider how the Bill of Rights impacts the lawmaking process in the United States. In this Bill of Rights lesson, 9th graders discuss the amendments and their limitations. Students research the role of the Legislative Branch and create presentations that feature their findings.
The Age of Constitution Writing
Was the United States significantly more democratic in their governing structures and laws after the overthrow of British authorities? Compare and contrast summaries of the country's constitutions under British rule and after independence, as well as examine a summation of the Articles of Confederation.
Branches of Government Graphic
Learners explore the three branches of government. They create a graphic diagram to show each branch of government. Students include the qualifications for service and duties of each branch of government in their graphic diagram.
Branches of Government
Fourth graders explore the three branches of government.