ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: "I'm Just a Bill": Reading and Writing Legislation for a Congressional Simulation
Description: Students will examine current and recently introduced Congressional legislation using the Thomas search engine. After reading legislation, students will write and post their proposed legislation for peer editing and comment. This lesson is part of a larger Congressional Simulation but may be used independently if necessary.
Subject: Social Studies (12)
Title: The Role and Function of the Conference Committee in the Legislative Process
Description: Students will use C-SPAN to observe short film clips of a Congressional conference committee in action. Students will hear the rules under which the committee functions and hear debate regarding aspects of the bill. Finally, students will read the House and Senate versions of the bill currently in conference, seek differences in the bills passed in both houses and recommend a compromise proposal to resolve one of the differences.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Subject: Language Arts,Social Studies
Title: Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process
Description: This lesson from EDSITEment introduces students to the pivotal role that Congressional committees play in the legislative process, focusing on how their own Congressional representatives influence legislation through their committee appointments. Students begin by reviewing the stages of the legislative process then learn how committees and subcommittees help determine the outcome of this process by deciding which bills the full Congress will consider and by shaping the legislation upon which votes are finally cast. With this background, students research the committee and subcommittee assignments of their Congressional representatives, then divide into small groups to prepare class reports on the jurisdictions of these different committees and their representatives' special responsibilities on each one. Finally, students consider why representation on these specific committees might be important to the people of their state or community, and examine how the committee system reflects some of the basic principles of American federalism.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
ALEX Learning Activities
Title: U.S. House of Representatives Live!
Digital Tool: Link to live feed of proceedings in U.S. House of Representatives
Digital Tool Description: Use this link to watch live footage of what is happening in the U.S. House of Representatives any day that the House of Representatives is in session.
Thinkfinity Interactive Games
Subject: Social Studies
Title: Xpedition Hall
Description: Built around the National Geography Standards, Xpedition Hall is a virtual museum that is filled with interactive exhibits designed to provoke reflection on how human beings shape and are shaped by the world in which we live. The Hall contains one exhibit for each of standard, and groups these exhibits into six galleries, which correspond to the standards six underlying '' elements.'' Students use can use an image or map of the Hall to navigate through the exhibits.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12