-- Fun, Facts, and Trivia
The Dirksen Center wants to help teachers teach better by giving them the opportunity to use technology to create, customize, and share online learning activities in their classrooms. The Center wants to help students learn more by bringing educational resources together in one place that provide new ways to learn about Congress interactively.
Learning Legislation Lingo
State legislatures usually draw congressional district lines, but federal courts sometimes draw districts when the original plans lose a constitutional challenge. The majority party, to maximize the chances for its candidates to win elections, often draws the boundaries. Governor Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts approved a bill in 1812 creating such an oddly shaped district that his critics called it a "gerrymander." Learn more about gerrymandering and how it relates to the reapportionment and redistricting of congressional seats by completing the printable worksheet posted on Congress for Kids. Find Congressional Districts: 108th Congress at: http://www.congressforkids.net/games/houseofrep/2_legislativebranch.htm
1. The U.S. states of the Southwest and West
have gained representatives, and those of the Northeast and Midwest lost
them, through the process called _______ that followed the last few federal
2. True or False: The U.S.
Supreme Court has ruled that states may not place a legal limit on how
many terms their elected congressional representatives may serve.
3. Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed into law an 1812
elections bill that included a salamander-shaped congressional district
sure to elect Republicans to office. As a result, strategically designed
election districts are now called _______s, and the act of drawing such
districts is called _______ing.
4. A representative who considers it his or
her job to express the district will of voters back home is often called
a _______, whereas one who emphasizes his or her own best judgment is
often called a _______.
Answers to February’s issue of Fun, Facts, and Trivia link here: http://www.webcommunicator.org/funfactstrivia0203ans.htm
Do you have or know of an online activity you would like The Dirksen Congressional Center to feature on its new Web site for students -- Congress for Kids? The Center is currently seeking online activities that provide new ways to learn about Congress and the workings of the federal government interactively.
If you have questions or suggestions for online activities, contact Cindy Koeppel.