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MTTC History: The American Congress - Chapter Summary
The videos in this chapter help you quickly re-learn all the components of the American Congress that you'll need to know about for the MTTC History exam. Each video provides an in-depth and engaging review of such topics as:
- The structure of the U.S. Congress
- Process for a bill becoming a law
- Measurements of the effectiveness of Congress
- Reapportionment and redistricting processes
- Party nomination to Congress and incumbency
- National influences on congressional elections
- Differences between presidential and congressional elections
- Congressional representation of the American public
Subject experts guide you through each concept, breaking them down into easy-to-understand pieces that makes it easy to effectively prepare for the exam. The flexible teaching style used in these lessons helps you retain critical info for the exam and makes learning about or reviewing the American Congress fun and simple.
Objectives of the MTTC History: The American Congress Chapter
Michigan's teacher licensing requirements includes the MTTC History exam, which assesses your comprehension of historical, economic and political topics. The multiple-choice exam has four subareas covering historical skills and concepts, U.S. and world history, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Questions on the American Congress are found in the interdisciplinary perspectives subarea, which comprises 24% of the exam. The self-assessment quizzes featured in our lessons are a useful tool for getting accustomed to the style and format of the exam's questions before you take it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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