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Legislative Branch Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

All that talk of committees, vetoes, and bills can be a little intimidating, but this lesson plan will help your students understand why the Legislative Branch is so powerful that the Constitution places limits on it.

Lesson Objectives

This lesson will help your students accomplish the following:

  • describe the role of the legislative branch in the American political system, as well as the role of committees within both houses
  • compare the powers of the legislative branch to that of other branches of government
  • describe the process by which a bill becomes a law in the United States

Length

  • 30 minutes plus 50-60 minutes for the activity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.10

By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Key Vocabulary

  • Bicameral
  • Necessary and proper
  • Habeas corpus
  • Ex post facto

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