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Activity Overview

At the start of a unit in history, it's helpful for students to have a common vocabulary in order for them to better comprehend the lesson as well as facilitate better class discussions. In this activity, students will use a Frayer Model to define and illustrate the vocabulary and terminology related to the Legislative Branch. Students may select from the list below, or teachers may provide a list of terms they would like students to know.

Legislative Branch Vocabulary List (Suggested Terms)

  • Committee
  • Quorum
  • Senate
  • House of Representatives
  • Impeach
  • Appeal
  • Veto
  • Census
  • Bill
  • Law
  • Legislator
  • Legislation
  • Bicameral
  • Lobbyist
  • Majority
  • Minority
  • Ratify
  • District
  • How representation is determined in the Senate
  • How representation is determined in the House
  • Pork Barrel Legislation

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard defining and illustrating key terminology for the Legislative Branch.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify different key terms.
  3. In the description box, write the definition and the relationship to the legislative branch.
  4. Create a representative illustration for each using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and exit when you're done.

Lesson Plan Reference


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
The definition is correct.
The definition is partially correct.
The definition is incorrect.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

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