Analyzing Congressional Representation

Analyzing Congressional Representation

CRA Description : 
In this assignment, students will compare the demographics of their congressional district to the race or ethnicity and gender of the person who represents the district in the United States House of Representatives. Students will also compare the overall composition of the House to the demographic characteristics of the United States. Finally, students will assess how important or unimportant it is that the gender, race, and ethnicity of elected officials match the gender, race, and ethnic makeup of their districts and the nation as a whole.
Subjects: 
Social Studies
US Government
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Congressional District
Demographics
Proportional Representation
Representative (Adj.)
Republican Form of Government
Separation of Powers
US House of Representatives
US Senate
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should understand the separation of powers inherent in the constitutional system of the United States and the nature of republican or representative government. Students understand the concepts of race, gender, and ethnicity. Students need to know how to access to library and Internet resources. Students need to be able to organize and analyze the results of their research. Students need to be able to write a report synthesizing their findings.