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Model Congress - Schoeplein: Home

A class project page for Ms. Schoeplein's Subfreshmen Social Studies class.

Introduction to Model Congress

Model Congress is an intensive simulation, informed by the idea that students learn best by doing. During the Model Congress simulation, students will write and present bills to replicate the legislative process. Students will join party caucuses, contribute to standing committee mark-up sessions and participate in floor debate. Beyond the nuts and bolts of how a bill becomes law, this experience enables students to understand first-hand the role of politics and consensus building in the legislative process.

Students will represent a specific district in the U.S. House of Representatives and a specific political party. Some students will have the opportunity to assume leadership roles. All students will be responsible for learning about their congressional district, their political party, and the legislative issue they plan to champion.