- Students will learn who their federal and state legislators are.
- Students will learn about representative democracy.
- Students will decide which political issues are important to them.
- Students will write a letter to one of their representatives.
- Names and addresses of state representatives and their addresses
- Lists of U.S. Senators and U.S. Members of Congress
- My Representatives worksheet & business letter outline
- Paper, envelopes, stampsAdditional notes: The U.S. Senate's web site is http://www.senate.gov/.
- Discuss representative democracy. What does it mean? Why does the United States have this kind of government? How is it different from a constitutional monarchy, or a dictatorship?
- Explain to students that the United States is a Republic, or representative democracy, therefore their state, and federal representatives are their personal advocates. Citizens should know who these people are, how they vote, and how they can be contacted.
- Distribute My Representatives worksheet and lists of state and federal representatives.
- Students fill out My Representatives worksheet.
- Distribute information about current political issues.
- Discuss various issues and ask students to decide on one that is important to them.
- Students choose a representative to whom they would like to write and an issue to ask him about.
- Distribute business letter outline (included in My Representatives worksheet).
- Students write letters, send them off, and hope to get a reply!
The U.S. House of Representative web site is