During The Dirksen Center's annual Congress in the Classroom workshop -- http://www.dirksencenter.org/print_programs_CongressClassroom.htm
-- participants are asked to introduce the lesson plans, resources, and techniques that have proven successful in teaching about Congress in their classrooms. A 2006 participant, Ellen Fox, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT, presented her lesson entitled, "Congressional Power, Organization, The Differences Between The House And The Senate - Criticisms Then & Now."
Background information for this lesson follows:
In Federalist No. 51 Madison wrote, "In a Republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates. The remedy for this inconvenience is to divide the legislature into different branches." The Framers of the Constitution took great care in organizing the legislative branch of the United States government into a bicameral system to avoid overpowering the other two branches. There are distinct differences between congressional power and organization of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
In this lesson, students will discuss among their group why the Framers chose to organize the legislative branch of the U.S. government in the manner that they did. Find "Congressional Power, Organization, The Differences Between The House And The Senate - Criticisms Then & Now" at: http://www.congresslink.org/print_lp_congpower_org_dif.htm.
We hope you find this lesson useful!
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