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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Student Teachers Name:

Brianna Leinon

Date: September 25, 2014


Lesson Title: Powers of Congress Continued
Subject:

Government

Instruction time: 47 minutes


Students level by grade: Sophomores
Standard(s) to be addressed:
SS.912.PSCL.3- Essential Concept and/or Skill: Understand the purpose and function of
each of the three branches of government established by the Constitution.
SS.912.PSCL.4- Essential Concept and/or Skill: Understand the differences among the
complex levels of local, state and national government and their inherent, expressed, and
implied powers.
Learning Objectives for this lesson:
a. Students will identify the powers of congress.
b. Students will examine possible laws and how congress would justify if they were
in fact legal.
Identified student needs and plans for differentiation:
Specific resources needed for this lesson:
Copies of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution
Sheet w/ Correct Classifications From Activity (For Students to Look Back and review
later)
Lesson Sequence:
Opening: Story with a Hole (5 min)
a. Students will be read a story from one of the books entitled Story With A Hole
b. Students will then be given the opportunity to ask yes and no questions in order to
figure out how the story makes sense
Lesson:
1. Opening: What can congress do? (2 Minute Quick Write)
2. Group Discussion about Quick Write
3. Explain Powers
a. During brief lecture, students will need to take notes.
b. Discuss what an expressed power is; give examples

c. Discuss what an implied power is; give examples


4. Activity: What gives Congress the Right?
a. Students will separate into groups of two or three people each (they will
choose their own groups)
b. They will then look at Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution to learn
what the expressed powers are of congress
c. Students will be give time to examine multiple situations and classify
which power the situation would fall under in the Constitution, and
whether or not it is expressed or implied.
d. Students will be racing one another to accomplish this.
e. Students need to write down the correct section that a situation applies to
on a post it note and then put that post it note next to the coordinating
situation on the board.
i. Tell students that some of these may be used more than once.
f. Once all groups have identified the power of each we will discuss as a
group each one (for each one each group gets correct they will get a point)
5. Exit Slip: Can you ever really be sure if an implied power is Constitutional?
a. Make sure to tell them to explain their answers, and they should be no less
than two sentences long of a response.
b. Collect before students leave the room.

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution


(1) The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to
pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United
States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
(2) To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
(3) To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the
Indian tribes;
(4) To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of
bankruptcies throughout the United States;

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution


(1) The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to
pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United
States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
(2) To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
(3) To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the
Indian tribes;
(4) To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of
bankruptcies throughout the United States;

Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution


(1) The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to
pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United
States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
(2) To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
(3) To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the
Indian tribes;
(4) To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of
bankruptcies throughout the United States;