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Expanding Measureable Student Learning about Congress through an In-Class, Effective Mock Congress
Unformatted Document Text:  18 Appendix #3 - Essay Question Grading Rubric Question Component Student Outcome – Core Abilities Points Awarded Select examples of correct responses How is power distributed in Congress? How is power gained by congresspersons? • Describe policy-making processes. • Describe the branches and levels of U.S. government. • Document political behaviors. 9 points Leadership positions, majority party status, committee chairmanship, networking, making deals. What are the titles of the primary leaders in each chamber? What do these leaders do? • Be aware of the purpose and functions of government. • Describe policy-making processes. • Document political behaviors. 4 points Speaker of the House, Minority Leader, Majority Leader, President Pro Tempore The leaders set the agenda, control the calendar, preside over the floor, and influence committee assignments. What are some tactics that congresspersons use when trying to pass laws? • Describe policy-making processes. • Document political behaviors. 6 points Logrolling, riders, coercion, media attention, personal favors. Describe, too, the President’s role in the legislative process. What are all of his options for each bill? • Be aware of the purpose and functions of government. • Describe policy-making processes. • Describe the branches and levels of U.S. government. • Document political behaviors. 6 points The president passes or disapproves the bill by signing it, ignoring it, vetoing it or exercising the pocket veto. Drawing upon your knowledge of the policy-making cycle, what would you, the average citizen, do if you wanted to get a law passed? How would you begin? Why? • Describe policy-making processes. • Document political behaviors. 5 points The average citizen could participate in agenda building by bringing media attention or public action to the problem. Most congresspersons would consider legislative action on an issue that is highly visible to the voters. A citizen could also become involved in an interest group or active issue network.

Authors: Sabo, Joanna.
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Appendix #3 - Essay Question Grading Rubric
Question Component
Student Outcome – Core
Abilities
Points Awarded
Select examples of correct
responses
How is power distributed
in Congress? How is
power gained by
congresspersons?
Describe policy-making
processes.
Describe the branches and
levels of U.S. government.
Document political
behaviors.
9 points
Leadership positions, majority
party status, committee
chairmanship, networking,
making deals.
What are the titles of the
primary leaders in each
chamber? What do these
leaders do?
Be aware of the purpose and
functions of government.
Describe policy-making
processes.
Document political
behaviors.
4 points
Speaker of the House, Minority
Leader, Majority Leader,
President Pro Tempore
The leaders set the agenda,
control the calendar, preside
over the floor, and influence
committee assignments.
What are some tactics that
congresspersons use when
trying to pass laws?
Describe policy-making
processes.
Document political
behaviors.
6 points
Logrolling, riders, coercion,
media attention, personal
favors.
Describe, too, the
President’s role in the
legislative process. What
are all of his options for
each bill?
Be aware of the purpose and
functions of government.
Describe policy-making
processes.
Describe the branches and
levels of U.S. government.
Document political
behaviors.
6 points
The president passes or
disapproves the bill by signing
it, ignoring it, vetoing it or
exercising the pocket veto.
Drawing upon your
knowledge of the policy-
making cycle
, what would
you, the average citizen,
do if you wanted to get a
law passed? How would
you begin? Why?
Describe policy-making
processes.
Document political
behaviors.
5 points
The average citizen could
participate in agenda building
by bringing media attention or
public action to the problem.
Most congresspersons would
consider legislative action on
an issue that is highly visible to
the voters. A citizen could also
become involved in an interest
group or active issue network.


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