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Structure of Government and Committee Phase of Bill Writing

TimeFeb. 24, 2013

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:Am. Government

Students will wrap up their review on the structure of government early in the week with a review game and a quiz set for Monday. Students should know how many members there are in Congress, and how those numbers are broken down in the Senate and House of Representatives. Students should also know that there are two senators from each state and that the number of representatives depends on the population of the state. Students should know that U.S. Senate members are elected every six years, and the U.S. House members are elected every two years. They should also know that you must be 25 years old in order to be elected a member of the House, and 30 to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Students should also know that in order to serve in the U.S. Senate, you have to have been a U.S. citizen for nine years; seven years for the House. 

Starting Tuesday, students will be analyzing bills that were written by other students across the country. Students will be broken up into partner groups. Each partner group will review two bills. Those analyses will be graded. Students will have to judge the bills on their originality, research, feasibility, and how the bill was written and presented. Students will have to complete the entire process by Friday; so they will have two days to thoroughly review each bill. 

For homework this week, we will be honoring Black History Month by recognizing African-American leaders in the Senate. Students should go to the U.S. Senate web page (www.senat.gov) and choose an African-American leader in the Senate, and write three pieces of information on that person. 

As usual, if there are any questions regarding any of the assignments or anything else, please feel free to drop me a line at bidellb@nhalv.org.