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Ch 58: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Congress

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You'll get a thorough review of the responsibilities and powers of Congress in this chapter. The video lessons will focus your attention on key topics that you may run into on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Congress - Chapter Summary

Look at the chapter's videos to brush up on the U.S. Congress, including its make up and functions, in preparation for pertinent questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test. From these effective lessons, you'll be ready to correctly respond to any test items on:

  • The major powers of Congress
  • Steps in a bill becoming a law
  • Congress' primary responsibilities
  • How Congress and Parliament are different
  • The names of the main congressional eras
  • How reapportionment and redistricting are carried out
  • The criteria for being a congressional candidate
  • What the benefits of being an incumbent are
  • The impacts of national forces when electing members of Congress
  • Dissimilarities between congressional and presidential campaigning

Establish the strength of your knowledge on each lesson by taking its short accompanying practice quiz. If you'd like to rewatch any segments after completing a quiz, you can use the video tags to easily find them.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Congress Chapter Objectives

The MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test checks the extent of your subject knowledge in order to establish eligibility for a subject-specific teacher certification in Michigan. Material you review in this chapter corresponds with the objectives of the exam's political science subarea. All of the questions asked from this subarea are multiple choice and add up to about 13% of your score.

12 Lessons in Chapter 58: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Congress
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences

4. Congress vs. Parliament: Main Differences

In this lesson, we will review the major differences between Congress and Parliament. We will take a closer look at why these differences exist and how they affect decision-making in those particular democratic countries.

The Electoral Evolution of the Congress: History & Timeline

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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?

11. 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

12. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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