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Time Needed: One class period Materials Needed: Student worksheets Copy Instructions: Reading (2 pages; class set) Primary Document Activity (1 page; class set) Review Activity (1 page; class set) q A nticipAte by asking students to think of at least two things they know about the United States Congress. Ask students to volunteer one thing each. (You can note these for the class to see, then return to them once the lesson is over to see if they covered the same ground.) q D istribute the reading pages to the class. q r eAD through the first reading page with the class. q A sk students what senators and representatives have in common (represent voters, work in DC, have age and citizenship restrictions, etc.) Then ask how they differ (length of term, age and length of citizenship required, special duties, etc.) q r eAD the second reading page with the class. Pause to discuss why some powers, like punishing pirates, may seem out of date now but were very important in the 1700s. Also walk through the lawmaking process, explaining each step as needed. q D istribute one Primary Document Activity and Review Activity to each student. q r eview the directions for the Primary Document Activity. Explain that this is the actual text of the Constitution, so the spelling and meaning of words have changed over time. The challenge is to use the clues in the text and what they have learned in the reading to answer the questions. You may want to go through this activity together or have students work independently. q r eview the answers of the Primary Document Activity with the class. q A ssign students to complete the Review Activity. q r eview the answers to the Review Activity if you wish. q c lose by asking students to review the items they shared at the start of class. Were any items wrong, right, close? This lesson plan is part of The Legislative Branch series by iCivics, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing civic education. Please visit , for more resources and to access the state standards aligned to this lesson plan. Send feedback to [email protected] © 2019 iCivics, Inc. You may copy, distribute, or transmit this work for noncommercial purposes only. This copyright notice or a legally valid equivalent such as “© 2019 iCivics Inc.” shall be included in all such copies, distributions or transmittals. All other rights reserved. Find this lesson and other materials at . Learning Objectives. Students will be able to: Explain the structure and powers of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government Describe the legislative process in the U.S. Congress Identify the legislative branch’s role in the system of checks and balances/separation of powers Analyze a primary source (excerpts of Article I) Teacher’s Guide Congress Step by Step
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