From: Acme Toy Company CEO
To: Mrs. Trullinger’s Citizenship Students
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009
Subject: Congressional Board Game Project
You have been hired by the Acme Toy Company, and you have
been assigned the task of creating a new and exciting board
game that will help eager young minds (your classmates!)
review the many different powers and responsibilities of the
legislative branch. Creativity is key, but most important of all is
your ability to incorporate content about Congress into the
game. The board game can mimic the format of an existing
game – Monopoly, Candyland, Life, Chutes and Ladders, etc. –
or can be something totally original. The board game should be
created of durable materials, such as posterboard, and include colorful, creative elements.
You may work in teams of no more than four people – groups who exceed that limit will have
their points divided by the number of people in the group. This assignment is worth 100
points, so do a good job!
A successful board game should include:
• At least 30 well researched facts about the legislative branch, with plenty of historical
examples or evidence to support your claims.
• The structure and organization of Congress. Who are the leaders? What are their
responsibilities? How are leaders chosen?
• Legislative process. How are laws created and passed? What role do committees play?
• Powers of Congress. What are its primary responsibilities and how does it conduct
business? The difference between expressed and implied powers? Non-legislative powers?
• A bibliography of the sources you used for the project, listed in MLA format. (Wikipedia
will not count.) This can be a separate sheet; it doesn’t have to go on the board game
itself. If you need help with this step, see any English teacher.
Resources to Help You
MLA Citation Generator:
Notes and materials from class:
A Day: Monday, December 14
B Day: Tuesday, December 15
Acme Toy Company CEO – aka Mrs. Trullinger