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January 31, 2013. Agenda: Review the Bicameral Legislature Basic Facts and Leg Branch Review Clicker Quiz How Representative is Congress?. TOC: 98. Senate v House Chart 99. Basic Facts 100. Leg Branch Review 101. Is Congress Representative?.

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January 31 2013
January 31, 2013

Agenda:

Review the Bicameral Legislature

Basic Facts and Leg Branch Review

Clicker Quiz

How Representative is Congress?

TOC:

98. Senate v House

Chart

99. Basic Facts

100. Leg Branch

Review

101. Is Congress

Representative?


  • Legislative Branch Notes

  • Bicameral- a legislative made up of two parts: Senate, and House of Representatives

  • House of Reps-

    • lower house

    • more representative of the people

    • 435 members

    • Each state has a number based on their population

    • One representative per district represent their district

    • 25 years old

    • 2 year term

    • Leader is Speaker of the House

  • Senate-

    • Upper house

    • Originally chosen by State, after 17th Amendment- chosen by voters

    • 100 members- 2 per state

    • Represent the whole state

    • 30 years old

    • 6 year term

    • Leader is the President of the Senate (VP of the country) and President Pro Tempore



Legislative Branch Review  

1.      Which part of the Constitution sets up the Legislative Branch? ___________________________________________________________2.      What is another name for the Legislative Branch? ___________________________________________________________

3.      What are the two parts of Congress?

_______________________ and __________________________

4.      What is the main job of Congress? ________________________________________________________

5.      Which branch of the government did the founding fathers think would be the biggest and most powerful? 

__________________________________________________________

6.      What do we call a legislature made up of two parts? __________________________________________________________




Imagine
Imagine!!!

Picture a member of Congress in your head. On your notecard, write down five adjectives to describe this person OR do a quick sketch of the person.


Did he look

like this???


Partner think
Partner Think:

What percentage of the US population is:

  • Male?

  • Female

    3. White?

    4. African American?

    5. Hispanic?

    6. Asian?

Must add to 100%

Must add to 100%



IS Congress Representative?

On the back of your notecard, answer this question in a complete paragraph:

IS Congress representative of the gender and ethnic diversity in the United States? Does it need to be?


Wednesday february 6
Wednesday, February 6

  • EQ- What is the function of committees in Congress?

  • Table of Contents:

    • 105. Committees Flipchart

    • 106. Legally Blonde Notes

  • Agenda:

    • Review

    • Committees

    • Legally Blonde


Review questions
Review Questions

  • What does bicameral mean?

  • What are the two parts of Congress?

  • How old do you have to be to be in the House? Senate?

  • How long is a term in the House? Senate?

  • Who is the leader of the House? Senate?

  • What is the main job of Congress?

  • What is another job of Congress?



Standing Committees and Subcommittees: pg. 142-143

Define Standing Committees

What is the role of the majority party in standing committees?

What are three examples of standing committees in the House and three in the Senate? (use chart on page 143)

Define subcommittees.

Select Committees: pg 143

What are select committees?

What do they study?

What are two examples of select committee topics?

Conference Committees:

pg. 144

What are conference committees?

Why do we need them?

What are the members called and where do they come from?

What is the job of a conference committee?

What happens once a conference report reaches the floor?

Joint Committees: pg. 143-144

Who are the members of joint committees?

What do joint committees do?

What do they NOT have the power to do?

What is an example of a joint committee?

Assignment to Committee and Role of Committee Chair: pg144-145

What can assignment on the right committee do for a member of Congress?

What are the best committees in the House

and the Senate?

3. How are members assigned?

4. What are six things Committee Chairs do?


Legally blonde 2
Legally Blonde 2

  • Today, as you watch the movie answer the following questions:

    • 1. What is the purpose of the bill she is trying to write?

    • 2. Is this the House or Senate?

    • 3. Which committee is handling her bill?

    • 4. What is the role of the committee chair?


Friday february 8
Friday, February 8

EQ- How does a bill become a law?

Table of Contents:

107. Committee Review

108. Bill to a Law Chart

109. Bill Examples

Agenda:

Review Congress and Committees

Discuss the Bill to a Law Process

Legally Blonde 2

Homework: Work on your children’s book!


Congress and committee review
Congress and Committee Review

  • What does bicameral mean?

  • What are the two parts of Congress?

  • How old do you have to be to be in the House? Senate?

  • How long is the term for House? Senate?

  • What is the number for the House based on?

  • How many members of the House? Senate?

  • Who starts the impeachment process?

  • Who is the leader of the House? Senate?


Which standing committee
Which Standing Committee?

  • A bill to limit the type of pesticides used on crops. (HR)

  • A bill to restrict the troops sent abroad. (HR)

  • A bill to support wind energy research. (S)

  • A bill to enforce equal rights in the workforce. (S)

  • A bill to send a new type of satellite to space. (HR)

  • A bill to change the meeting times for the House of Representatives. (HR)

  • A bill to enforce the 2009 federal budget. (HR)


Bill poster read your assigned bill then create a poster that contains
Bill Poster- Read your assigned bill then create a poster that contains:

  • Bill Name

  • Bill Number

  • Senate or House?

  • Who? Which State?

  • Summary of the Bill

  • Committee Assigned to

  • Where is it now?????

  • Picture


Tuesday february 12
Tuesday, February 12 that contains:

  • EQ- How does a bill become a law?

  • Agenda:

    1. Copy notes! You will need these, so

    don’t lose them!

    2. Bill to a Law Process (use the chart

    on page 185)

    3. Review Legislative Branch (clicker

    review & crossword)

    4. Work on the Project- Due Friday!!!

    (you will not have a page 8,18-19)


Copy these notes on a piece of paper you will need these for your book and your work this period
Copy these notes on a piece of paper. You will need these for your book and your work this period.

  • The legislative branch makes laws and is called Congress.

  • It was set up by Article 1 of the Constitution.

  • It is bicameral- has two parts called the Senate and the House of Reps.

  • House of Reps: 25 years old, 2 year term, 7 years citizen, lower house, led by the speaker, starts impeachment, in charge of money bills, represent districts

5. Senate: 30 years old, six year term, 9 year citizen, upper house, led by the VP, finishes impeachment, approves treaties, represent the whole state, can filibuster

6. Committees: groups in Congress that divide the workload. There are 4 types:

  • Standing- permanent, topic based, decide bills

  • Joint- has members of Senate and House

  • Conference- comes up with Compromise bills

  • Select- deals with a special issue


Bill to a law process
Bill to a Law Process for your book and your work this period.

  • Fill in your graphic organizer, using page 185 on the text.

    • The “committee action” box in the middle is not on your chart. That’s ok!

  • Once you finish, write a paragraph on the back of your graphic organizer that explains how a bill becomes a law.

  • Turn this in!


Bill Introduced, for your book and your work this period. Read out loud, given # and Committee

  • Bill Introduced, Read out loud, given # and Committee

Committee Action

(kill it? Subcommittee assignment, hearings, vote)

  • Committee Action

  • (kill it? Subcommittee assignment, hearings, vote)

Whole Floor Debate and Vote

  • Whole Floor Debate and Vote

Conference Committee (compromise bill)

President

1- sign it = LAW!

2- veto it (can override with 2/3 vote- very rare!)

3- do nothing for 10 days and it becomes a law anyway!

Both houses vote again


Review
Review for your book and your work this period.

  • Use your notebook to complete the Legislative Branch crossword.

  • Turn this in!


Book project
Book Project for your book and your work this period.

  • Project is due Thursday!

  • Remember it must be bound in some format, be in color and have a complete sentence or two on each page!!!!

  • Each page must have a picture.

  • You DO NOT have to do pages 18 &19!

  • This counts as a major grade!


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