- Practice informative/explanatory writing
- Practice organizing research information
- Who Is My Congressperson? Student Activity Sheet printable
- Whiteboard and markers
- Computer with web access
Copy a class set of the Who Is My Congressperson? Student Activity Sheet printable.
Step 1: Ask students to list things they know about the government of the United States. Write these facts on the board under the heading “Facts.” This information might include that the capital of the country is Washington, D.C.; that the president is the head of the government; that top leaders in the government are elected; and that the Congress is a group that makes laws for the country. Fill in some of these facts, as needed.
Step 2: Tell students that the government of the United States includes a person who speaks directly for them. This person is called a representative or Congressperson. Their representative speaks for people in their area and helps make laws in Washington, D.C., where the representatives meet.
Step 3: Explain that making laws is an important act of government. Laws are rules — like classroom rules, but for the entire country. Laws are useful for protecting people, making roads safe, keeping food and medicine safe, and so on.
Step 4: As a class, go online to research the name of your Congressperson. Find Your Representative is a good website. Write this name on the board.
Step 5: Distribute the Who Is My Congressperson? Student Activity Sheet printable and read the directions to the class. Students will use what they’ve learned — much of which has been recorded on the board — to write an informative text about their representative.
For an additional writing activity, have students write a short letter to their Congressperson asking them to propose a law to address something they care about.