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Below is a sample breakdown of the Types of Legislatures in Government 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||Legislative powers||Typical powers of a legislature, powers of a unicameral legislature, powers of a bicameral legislature|
|Tuesday||Legislative functions||The purpose of a legislature, how unicameral legislatures carry out their duties differently than bicameral legislatures|
|Wednesday||Congress||Identifying characteristics and functions of congress; how they differ from parliament|
|Thursday||Parliament||Identifying characteristics and functions of parliament; how they differ from congress|
|Friday||Legislative committees||What legislative committees are, what they do|
1. The Powers & Functions of Legislatures
The following lesson will describe the common structure of most legislatures, as well as discuss their main powers and functions. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
2. 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.
3. The Purpose of Legislative Committees
The following lesson will discuss the purpose that small groups, or committees, have in passing laws in a legislature. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
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