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Ch 60: Congressional Powers & Representation - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Learn more about congressional powers and representation through this chapter's online videos. The lessons can prepare you for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test by focusing on topics such as congressional structure and elections.

Congressional Powers and Representation: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

This chapter can be studied before you sit for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test in pursuit of a teaching certification. Its helpful video lessons look at the responsibilities and effectiveness of the members of the U.S. Congress, and they highlight the steps required to become a congressional candidate. Use the lessons to examine the importance of name recognition and incumbency to the voting public and to explore forces that exert strong influences on congressional elections. Once you've revisited these and other topics, you might be able to:

  • Understand congressional procedures
  • Explain how a bill transitions to a law
  • Note the achievements and timeline of Congress
  • Define reapportionment and redistricting
  • Describe party nomination processes
  • List the advantages of congressional incumbency
  • Explain party identification, and name some other forces that influence elections
  • Compare presidential campaigns with congressional campaigns
  • Discuss demographics and the makeup of Congress

While watching these tutorial video lessons on your computer or mobile device, you'll be able to pause them or locate specific information simply by clicking or using the video tags under the timeline link. Fit the lessons into your busy schedule since they can be reviewed 24/7. You'll have the capacity to submit questions on material you're unsure about by visiting the Dashboard. Self-assessment quizzes and verbatim transcripts can also help you to prepare for the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test.

Congressional Powers and Representation: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Chapter Objectives

Your knowledge of the composition of Congress as well as the roles and responsibilities of congressional members may be tested during the Government content domain of the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science examination. You'll earn 19% of your overall test score here. With this chapter's topics fresh in your memory, you could successfully answer questions in this domain on your way toward earning a middle grades social science teaching endorsement. When you take the computer-administered examination, you'll have 150 multiple-choice questions to answer in three hours or less.

11 Lessons in Chapter 60: Congressional Powers & Representation - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

1. What is Congress? - Definition, Powers & Structure

In this lesson, we will review what the United States Congress is. We will take a closer look at the makeup of Congress, what its powers are and what it represents.

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

2. How a Bill Becomes a Law: Formal Process

In this lesson, we will review the process of how a bill becomes a law. We will take a closer look at what steps have to be taken, how a bill is changed and how it is signed into law.

Measurements of Congress' Effectiveness: Responsibilities & Achievements

3. Measurements of Congress' Effectiveness: Responsibilities & Achievements

In this lesson, we will learn about the responsibilities that members of Congress have to their constituents and the ways in which their effectiveness overall is evaluated.

The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline

4. The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will learn about the electoral evolution of the Congress. We will take a closer look at the history behind Congress and the historical evolution of power, procedure and function.

Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process

5. Reapportionment & Redistricting for Congressional Constituencies: Definition & Process

In this lesson, we will review the constitutional requirements for determining congressional districts. We will take a closer look at the process and effects of reapportionment and redistricting.

Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate

6. Party Nomination to Congress: Process to Become a Candidate

In this lesson, we will review the process to become a candidate for Congress. We will take a closer look at what the requirements are and what process is to be taken leading up to the election.

Incumbency in Contemporary House & Senate Elections: Definition & Advantages

7. Incumbency in Contemporary House & Senate Elections: Definition & Advantages

In this lesson, we will review the importance of incumbency in congressional elections. We will take a closer look at the factors that make it an advantage and what they mean to the outcome of an election.

National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections

8. National Forces that Influence Congressional Elections

In this lesson, we will learn about the biggest national forces that influence congressional elections, taking a look at how they affect the election results and how the public is influenced by them.

Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences

9. Presidential vs. Congressional Campaigns: Similarities & Differences

In this lesson, we will review the difference between presidential and congressional campaigns. We will take a closer look at their differences and how they affect the campaign.

What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?

10. What Factors Influence the Outcome of an Election?

In this lesson, we will learn about several important factors that influence the outcome of an election. We will look in-depth at these factors and why they are important in the outcome of an election.

How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup

11. How Congress Represents the American Public: Demographic Makeup

In this lesson, we will review how the 113th United States Congress represents the demographics of the American people. We will take a closer look at the demographic makeup of Congress and how it relates to those representations in the population.

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