Our Unit on the Legislative Branch

civics units Nov 01, 2017

I am really excited about this new Civics unit on the Legislative Branch! 

This is unit for our American Government curriculum can range from 7 days through to 3-4 weeks or longer! That's because it includes a full Mock Congress simulation that you can use for just a couple days or extend for weeks if your students get really into it! 

My students love the simulation and often dive deep into their roles as Congressmen and women to work on meaningful legislation! 

The unit begins with an overview of Congress, with activities on the differences between the House and Senate including a PowerPoint, interactive notebook page, Google Doc, video, and homework worksheet! 

Day 2 covers the Expressed & Implied Powers of Congress with an analysis of Article 2 of the Constitution, interactive notebook page, Quizlet set, movie suggestions, and more! 

The next day has students reviewing Congressional Committees through a Google Doc activity and current event assignment. 

On Day 4, students work on a budgeting project to analyze how the US budget process works and see if they can create a "balanced budget" 

Days 5 and 6 go over the "How a Bill Becomes a Law" process. This includes a detailed PowerPoint, guided notes, reading, video and fun board game project. 

Now that students have reviewed all the major aspects of Congress, they can begin a Mock Congress. After an introductory day and reviewing how it will work, students are placed in Congress, given committees, and set to work! This usually takes a minimum of 3 class periods but can easily extend to 3 weeks when students get into it.

After you complete the Mock Congress, there is a whole day for review with Quizlet, Kahoot, FlipQuiz, and Quizizz games before the unit finally culminates with an editable assessment! 

You can download this awesome unit here on TpT

Or, consider joining Students of Civics and you'll have immediate access to all of these resources and complete lesson plans! Joining gets you access to every unit in this amazing American Government curriculum. Never stress about planning a Civics lesson again! 


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