The US Congress for Kids: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, Deal-Breaking, and Compromising, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

The US Congress for Kids: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, Deal-Breaking, and Compromising, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1613749775

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An interactive guidebook to the history and inner workings of the legislative branch of the U.S. Government


Providing a historical perspective on all that is going on today, US Congress for Kids examines the major milestones in congressional history, including the abolition of slavery, extending the vote to African Americans and to women, and investigating misconduct in both government and private institutions. Kids will be engaged by the focus on dramatic stories, personalities, and turning points while also benefitting from the clear discussions of Congressional purpose, structure, history, and ongoing issues. Educational, hands-on activities that illuminate the workings of the U.S. Congress include making a House ceremonial mace, creating congressional money, making a capitol dome, and designing a Congressional Medal of Honor.

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Watchful Eye Congress Investigates I n response to Native American attacks on white settlers in the summer of 1791, President George Washington ordered General Arthur St. Clair into the Ohio Valley, in what was then known as the Northwest Territory. The general was instructed to seek out and fight Chief Little Turtle of the Miamis. The resulting conflict, known fittingly as the Battle of a Thousand Slain, ended in the greatest US Army defeat by Native Americans and the worst calamity US

the same place that had held the ArmyMcCarthy hearings two decades earlier. As with those early 1950s hearings, the Watergate Committee would be widely covered on television. On June 17 of the previous year, five men had broken into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate hotel and office complex in Washington, DC. In addition to carrying $3,500 in cash, the burglars were loaded down with high-end surveillance and electronics equipment. The five were there to bug the

cluster of laurel leaves could represent victory. A cluster of oak will depict strength. You might want to add embellishments to your medal to produce a 3-D effect. Be creative; enhance your medal in any way that furthers the story of your Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. 9. Cut your medal artwork out and paste it onto the top half of your poster board. Your teacher may want 5. Create a pen or pencil drawing inside the you to stand up in class and present your Congressio- circle on the

photocopy you made of the nal Medal of Honor. It will be interesting to see how five-star medal. The image should depict your fellow students interpret your design. 79 Interior-US Congress for Kids.indd 79 8/29/14 2:33 PM Dignitaries gathered in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles to sign the peace treaty ending World War I, June 28, 1919. Library of Congress LC-DIG-ppmsca-7634 done in a way that would lead to European reconciliation as opposed to revenge. Wilson set sail for Europe,

interpretation of the Constitution and make judgments in light of changing times. The Senate Judiciary Committee, after Robert Bork’s America is a land in which . . . lengthy and contentious hearings, all of which blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, were televised, voted 9–5 not to support Bork’s rogue police could break down citizens’ doors nomination. The final Senate vote was 58 to 42— in midnight raids, school children could not a stinging rejection. be taught about evolution,

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