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On July 15, 2020

Bell Ringer: Powers of Congress Examples

Ambassador confirmed by the Senate

The Senate convened to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee to be the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, Dwight L. Bush Sr.

Description

In Section I of the United States Constitution there are several powers or jobs that are given to the United States Congress. The powers include; make laws for our country, approve the annual budget, confirm Presidential appointments, regulate foreign and interstate trade, and the power to declare war. This Bell Ringer can be used after students have been introduced to the powers/duties of the United States Congress. Students will see examples of three of these powers. You may use this bell ringer with the whole class. Have students turn and talk with a partner to answer the questions. Have some of the groups share their answers. Teacher can also opt to use the worksheet in the Additional Resources section and assign it to students through Google Classroom, Schoology, or other platform. You will need to make a copy of the worksheet before assigning it to your students.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Video Clip 1 Question: Which power is being shown in the video clip?
  • Video Clip 1 Question: What position was Dwight L. Bush Sr. confirmed to fill?
  • Video Clip 2 Question: Which power is being shown in the video clip?
  • Video Clip 2 Question: How much of a tax increase and on what is being asked for in the Wall Street Tax Act of 2019?
  • Video Clip 3 Question: Which power is being shown in the video clip?
  • Video Clip 3 Questions: Why was President Roosevelt asking for a declaration of war?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Confirm
    • Constitution
    • Declare
    • House Of Representatives
    • Revenue
    • Senate
    • Tax
    • Wall Street

    Topics

    Legislative Branch

    Grades

    Middle School