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Below is a sample breakdown of the Congress: Election, Power and Representation chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||The U.S. Congress||The organizational structure and functions of Congress, distinguishing characteristics and functions of the House of Representatives and the Senate, congressional committees' work, congressional leadership and its duties, how a bill becomes a law, congressional effectiveness (as a whole and as individual members in service to a constituency)|
|Tuesday||Congressional functions and representation||How Congress differs from Parliament, the evolution of Congress and its duties from its establishment until the present day, Congressional districts, reapportionment, redistricting|
|Wednesday||Getting elected to Congress||The nominating process, the role incumbency plays in getting re-elected to the House and Senate|
|Thursday||Congressional campaigns and elections||National factors that influence Congressional election results, distinguishing factors among presidential and congressional campaigns, factors that affect election results|
|Friday||Congressional demographics vs. national demographics||Ways in which Congress as a whole is like and unlike Americans as a whole (i.e., gender and race)|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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