Activity Overview

The legislative branch, or Congress, is responsible for making the laws. Congress is made up of two parts: the Senate and the House of Representatives. In order to understand how the government works, it is important for students to know the roles of each of these legislative bodies. Comparing and contrasting is a great way for students to grasp the differences, and better understand the process of creating laws. For this activity, students will create a chart comparing the Senate and the House. To differentiate, teachers may can provide students with a list of areas to compare, and have them choose.

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Objective: Create a chart comparing the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Student Instructions

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. Write a title in each heading.
  3. Write a short summary of each heading in the space below the illustration.
  4. Create an illustration that represents each heading using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/11-12/2] Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/6-8/3] Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

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