The Congress Project

Discover what it might take to become a member of Congress

Overview of the Project:

What does it take to be a member of Congress? Research and discover the background, education and career of a Congress person. You will select one of the 535 members of Congress based on their gender, ethnicity, party affiliation (which must match your gender, ethnicity and party affiliation). You will have a variety of options for completing your project.

Option 1: Essay and Presentation

Write a five paragraph, typed, MLA formatted essay. Submit your completed essay to me via turnitin.com. Give a two minute presentation to the class. Your essay should follow the structure outlined below. Bibliography page citing three sources must be included.


Paragraph 1: Introduction of the individual. Who are they? Detail their Congressional career (House or Senate, length of service, state they represent, party affiliation). Why did you select this person?


Paragraph 2: Early life and background, schools attended, degrees earned, jobs held, marital & family status


Paragraph 3: Congressional career (including what committees they currently serve on), accomplishments & achievments


Paragraph 4: Political information, stance on issues and voting record


Paragraph 5: Conclusion & personal reflection

Option 2: PowerPoint Presentation

Create a 17 slide minimum powerpoint presentation. Submit your completed powerpoint to me via onedrive at myoshida@cnusd.k12.ca.us. You will present your powerpoint to the class in a 5-10 minute presentation. Your powerpoint should follow the structure outlined below.


Slides 1-4: Introduction of the individual. Who are they? Detail their Congressional career (House or Senate, length of service, state they represent, party affiliation). Why did you select this person?


Slides 5-7: Early life and background, schools attended, degrees earned, jobs held, marital & family status


Slides 8-11: Congressional career (including what committees they currently serve on), accomplishments & achievments


Slides 12-14: Political information, stance on issues and voting record


Slides 15-16: Conclusion & personal reflection


Slide 17: Bibliography


* All slides must include 1 photo minimum. Slide 1 can be title page and slide 17 should be bibliography page citing three sources.

Option 3: Adobe Spark Video

Using Adobe Spark, create a 5 minute minimum video presentation. Submit your completed video to me via email at myoshida@cnusd.k12.ca.us. You will premiere your video to your class but you will not need to give an additional presentation. Your video will need to follow the structure outlined below.


Your video should begin with an introduction of the individual. Who are they? Detail their Congressional career (House or Senate, length of service, state they represent, party affiliation). Why did you select this person?


The video should then describe their congressional career, including what committees they currently serve on, their accomplishments and achievements, their stance on the issues and their voting record.


The video should conclude with a personal reflection.

Important First Steps to Take

1) Complete the Google Form

Decide who your project will be about and which option you will choose to tell their story. Complete the Google Form by 11:59pm on Saturday, March 31. This is a 50 point assignment. You will only receive 25 points if the form is completed after the due date.

2) Begin researching your person!

Once you receive a confirmation email from Mrs. Yoshida letting you know that your selection is approved, read articles and bios on your person, watch YouTube videos to get a good understanding of who this person is. Take notes and plan how you will tell their story.

3) Complete your Assignment

Option 1: Essay Due Date

Friday, April 20th, 11:30pm

turnitin.com

Presentation will be given in class during a designated class period. In order to turn in an assignment to turnitin.com use the following Enrollment information:


Class ID: 17784148

Enrollment key: husky

Option 2: PowerPoint Presentation Due Date

Friday, April 20th, 11:45pm

Share with Mrs. Yoshida via OneDrive

PowerPoint Presentation will be given in class during a designated class period.

Option 3: Adobe Spark Video

Friday, April 27th, 11:45pm

Share with Mrs. Yoshida via School Email

Video will be shown in class during a designated class period.