Congress- the Lawmaking Body

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Congress: the Lawmaking Body

California Content Standard(s): 12.4.1

SWBAT describe the unique roles of the Vice President and leaders of Congress and the process by which a bill becomes a law.


  • How a bill becomes a law
  • Committees
  • The organization of Congress
  • Filibuster
  • Veto

Part 1

1. Warm Up: McCarthyism (PBS.org)

2. Fill-in Notes: the Organization of Congress (there are references to pages from the textbook Magruder's American Government- California Edition- but it's pretty general information and you don't actually need the book to complete the notes; you can probably find the same information in your own textbook or use the internet to complete the assignment)

3. Leadership in the 113th Congress (this will require internet access)

4. Writing Assignment: researching leaders of Congress

Part 2

1. Warm Up (review Q's about Congress)

2. School House Rock, "I'm Just a Bill"

3. Power Point and Cloze Notes: How a Bill Becomes a Law (Bonus: see Hand Turkey Project)

4. Case Study: "Civil Rights Act Spends the Night with Strom Thurmond" + Guided Reading Questions

Congress: the Lawmaking Body

*These resources were designed for 90 minute/block schedule periods so please remember to adjust these lessons to your bell schedule


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