This is a pre-writing assignment that will give you a head start on your Congress project. Students who scored below 90% on the Exit Ticket will complete this assignment for homework. If you scored above 90%, then congratulations. You have no homework tonight.

1. Clickevich on this link and use the code mqd-3102. Read the text and then answer the prompt.

Write a paragraph containing the following information:
  • A brief definition of gerrymandering and a short explanation of why politicians gerrymander.
  • List and explain the 3 different ways that politicians gerrymander.
  • Pretend you are a ruthless Democratic or Republican politician. If you were in charge of redrawing Congressional districts in your state, which method of gerrymandering would you use to weaken the other party and why would you pick it?

2. Examine the map on pg. 268.

Write a paragraph containing the following information:
  • A brief definition of reapportionment and a short explanation of why it is necessary.
  • Explain which region of the country is losing population/political power and which regions are gaining population/political power.
  • Clickevich here for a map showing which states voted Republican or Democrat in the last presidential election (If the link is broken, see the image on the bottom of the page). Compare this map with the map on pg. 268. Which political party, generally speaking, appears to be gaining power in the House of Representatives as a result of reapportionment?

3. Write a paragraph containing the following information:

States with large populations dominate the House of Representatives, but in the Senate, states with small populations are equal with large states. As a resident of the largest state, do you think it is fair that someone living in North Dakota, which has a population smaller than San Francisco, should have the same political power in the Senate as you? Why or why not?




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