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January 3

posted Jan 3, 2013, 5:51 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 3, 2013, 6:21 AM ]
Today marks the beginning of the 113th Congress in Washington DC, but we'll be keeping our focus closer to home, as we look at the role of the state legislatures in our government. 

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?   What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?   What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
 Describe basic information and the structure of the legislative organization in Washington State. 
How does the State of Washington compare to other states in its legislative organization?
Work with a partner to collect information about Washington state's legislature from state websites.This is a formative assessment; I need to understand the information so I can work with it later to show how well I understand even bigger concepts.

Last night's homework assignment introduced you to the basic structure of state government and their various approaches to the legislative process. Before we begin today's in class assignment, do you have any questions about the assignment? If so, let's discuss them now.

Today you'll be learning how Washington state fits into this complex organization known as the state legislature. Here's what you need to do:
1) Find a partner that you'd like to work with (or, if you want, you may work alone). Please, no more than 2 to a group. Move away from other students to allow you to talk as you work without disturbing others.
2) Open a Google Doc called Washington State's Legislature. It's a READ-ONLY copy, so you'll have to use File > Make a Copy... to save a version you can work on.
3) Share your copy with your partner so you can both work on it together.
4) Use the two links at the top of the assignment (Washington's Legislative Home Page and Student Guide to Your Legislature)  to find answers in the questions in the right-hand column. You'll need to use multiple pages from each site to find the answers you need, but feel free to find additional information there, too. (See the last question on the assignment!)
5) Ask questions if you get stuck. (Mr Knowles is here to help!)
6) Before finding out biographical information about one of your legislators, double check your choices with Mr Knowles (There's a very important reason for this!)
Finished? Share a single copy in the Daily Work DropBox and include your partner's name in the comment box. 

Tonight's homework: Read pages 637-639 and complete Part I of the Governor and State Administration worksheet.