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Congressional Handbook Project

In groups of 3 you will work together to research and create a Congressional Handbook. This handbook will contain all of the necessary information anyone would need if they were to suddenly find themselves filling the role of a member of the United States Congress. If you were in that position, what might you need to know? Through this project you will be giving background on just what Congress is and you will be providing procedural information on how Congress carries out its role in government. You will need to start by creating a table of contents to organize your manual. You will include material from chapters 10, 11, and 12 from your book. Below is a minimum list of topics that should be included. Some topics are very general such as Expressed Powers. You will need to fully explain all of these topics and provide ample details and examples. There is an entire section in your book about Expressed Powers, you should not have one sentence or even one paragraph for this broad topic. Also remember to point out the Big Ideas where appropriate. Chp 10 House of Representatives vs. Senate Representation Job Descriptions Elections, Terms Reapportionment, Districts and Gerrymandering 5 Major Roles of Legislators in Both Houses Delegate, Trustee, Partisan, Politico Oversight Function Compensation, Privileges of membership Chp 11 Expressed Powers, Delegated Powers Commerce Power, Power to Tax, Power to Borrow Other Powers, Foreign Policy, War Powers, Domestic Powers, Impeachment Implied Powers, Necessary and Proper Clause, Commerce Clause Limits on Power Non-legislative Powers Chp 12 Congress convenes

Procedure Leadership in Congress Committees, Standing Committees, Select Committees, Joint and Conference Committees Law Making Process in House of Representatives Resolutions and Committee Debate, Voting Law Making Process in House of Representatives Resolutions and Committee Debate and Rules, Filibuster, Voting Presidents Role

Each person in the group will be responsible for the material of one of the chapters. You may use Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Livebinders.com, or Prezi. Remember that your final product must be turned into me in print or digital form. Once each of your parts is complete be sure to compile it all into one document that can be submitted. Also be sure to put your name on the parts that you are responsible for. The complete project will provide you with a great study aid for the summative wrap-up that will follow completion of this project. Your group members are depending on your work to give them correct, accurate information as you are on theres.

GOOD LUCK!

DUE DATE: Friday, November 15

Group:

Individual: Congressional Handbook: RUBRIC

6
Individual Topics of Chapters Identified all major topics from chapter

4
Identified most major topics from chapter

2
Identified some quality topics from chapter

1
Identified few good topics from chapter

12
Topic Responses All topics are thoroughly explained with examples

9
Topics are complete and explained well (not exceptional)

6
Topics are explained, but lack depth or examples

2
Topics are incomplete and insufficiently explained

5
Organization & Creativity Content is well organized and design enhances handbook

4
Organization is fair and/or design is lacking

2
Organization is flawed and/or design detracts from handbook

1
No clear or logical organiz. and/or design is distracting

5
Overall Group Handbook Handbook is well thought out and exceptionally explained

4
Handbook is good, but explanations are not exceptional

2
Handbook is fair but lacks depth of explanation

1
Handbook is inadequate or missing sections

Total out of 28 points: