Ch 62: NMTA: Congressional Powers & Representation

About This Chapter

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science has been replaced with the NES Middle Grades Social Science. As you prepare for this certification exam complete the activities of this chapter to refresh your understanding of the power and responsibilities of Congress, the law-making process and the congressional election process.

NMTA: Congressional Powers & Representation - Chapter Summary

Complete this series of lesson videos and assessments as you prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam. Use this chapter to improve your understanding of the roles of congress and how members of congress are elected. The lesson videos in this series are taught by expert instructors who help you prepare for exam question about:

  • Powers and structures of congress
  • The process for a bill becoming a law
  • Measuring the effectiveness of congress
  • Requirements for becoming a member of congress
  • Congressional election process
  • Forces that affect congressional elections
  • Difference between congressional and presidential campaigns
  • How congress represents the public

These lessons are mobile device compatible so that you can review for the test even when you are away from home. In addition to watching the videos, try reading over the lesson transcripts for an alternative review of the information presented. Find areas of weakness by completing the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. To improve your understanding of the lessons, return to the videos via video tags that take you straight to the locations that discuss your areas of weakness.

NMTA: Congressional Powers & Representation Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science is used to measure a prospective teacher's competency over middle grades social studies. This computer-based certification exam is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions, which test takers are asked to complete in a three hours testing session. Of these questions, you can expect 19% to be about government, including some about congress and the legislative branch. Use this chapter to improve your knowledge about the powers, responsibilities and electoral process of congress in preparation for related questions in this domain.

11 Lessons in Chapter 62: NMTA: Congressional Powers & Representation
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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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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