Congress Committee Project

The instructions for the project are below.  You will need to find a committee that interests you such as education, veteran’s affairs or the budget.  You will use this committee to answer several  questions.  Your final product will be in a format of your choosing.   The Congress Committee Project is due on February 22 by the end of class.

Congress Project

Congress Rubric

List of Congress Committees

Current Event-Congress

This current event will deal with both houses of Congress. You will do one current event for the House of Representatives and one for the Senate. You will find a story that is related to any part of either House.. This may include court cases as well as articles, or news stories. The story can come from any reputable source. Sources such as New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR to name a few are good places to look.

The assignment is due at the end of the class period it was assigned

Current Event

Congress Reading Assignment

For the reading below answer the questions and email your responses to lwaddell@tuhsd.k12.az.us  This assignment is due at the beginning of the next class period from which it was assigned.

The Federalist Papers 53, 56, 57, 58, 62, 63

  1. How do the authors of The Federalist explain the different terms of office for the House and the Senate?
  2. According to the theory of The Federalist, how does the Constitution bring about a system of checks and balances between the House and the Senate?
  3. What are the primary functions of the legislature to be according to The Federalist?

Federalism Court Cases Project

Here are several cases that the Supreme Court decided that deal with Federalism.  For each case, click on the link and read through the case, and then answer the questions.  This assignment is due at the end of the period.

Marbury v. Madison – 1803
Was Marbury entitled to his appointment to the federal bench? Was his lawsuit the correct way to get it? And, was the Supreme Court the place for Marbury to get the relief he requested?

McCulloch v. Maryland – 1819
The case presented two questions: Did Congress have the authority to establish the Bank of the United States? Did the Maryland law unconstitutionally interfere with congressional powers?

Gibbons v. Ogden – 1824
Did the State of New York exercise authority in a realm reserved exclusively to Congress, namely, the regulation of interstate commerce?

United States v. Nixon1974
Is the President’s right to safeguard certain information, using his “executive privilege” confidentiality power, entirely immune from judicial review?

Current Event-1st Amendment

This current event will deal with the 1st Amendment. You will find a story that is related to any part of the 1st Amendment. This may include court cases as well as articles, or news stories. The story can come from any reputable source. Sources such as New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR to name a few are good places to look.

The assignment is due at the end of the class period it was assigned

Current Event