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On October 7, 2018

Bell Ringer: Bicameral Legislature in the U.S. Constitution

Bicameral Legislature in the U.S. Constitution

While explaining the first draft of the U.S. Constitution, Jeffrey Rosen of the National Constitution Center discussed the bicameral nature of Congress.


In this bell ringer, students will examine the Constitutional Convention and focus on the establishment of the bicameral legislature.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What is the difference between a unitary and bicameral legislative body?
  • How did the framers of the Constitution resolve the debate over how the different chambers of Congress are elected?
  • How are the representatives in the House and Senate elected?
  • How many houses were in most colonial legislative colonies?
  • Describe the British Legislative branch and discuss why that system influenced the colonies.
  • AP Gov Additional Questions to Consider: Explain the ongoing impact of political negotiation and compromise at the Constitutional Convention on the development of the constitutional system. Explain the Great (Connecticut) Compromise, the Electoral College, the Three-Fifths Compromise, and the Compromise on the importation of slaves.

Additional Resources



    • Bicameral
    • Branches Of Government
    • Connecticut Compromise
    • Constitutional Convention
    • House Of Representatives
    • Senate


    AP U.S. Government Key TermsConstitutional FoundationLegislative Branch


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