The Powers of Congress

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The Powers of Congress

California Content Standard 12.4.1

SWBAT identify the inherent, enumerated and implied powers of Congress.


  • Strict vs. liberal construction of congressional power
  • Inherent, enumerated, and implied powers of Congress
  • The necessary and proper or "elastic" clause
  • Impeaching power
  • Case Study: Bill Clinton

1. Warm Up

2. Power Point and Cloze Notes: The Powers of Congress

3. Impeach a President (class simulation of impeachment)

4. Case Study: Impeachment of President Bill Clinton

5. Independent Work/Review: Powers of Congress Worksheet (Summarize Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 1-18)

6. Homework: Powers of Congress Poem

Powers of Congress