Lesson Plan

Grades 9-12

The People’s House

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Several class periods (Part 1); 25 minutes (Part 2)

SUBJECTS: Language Arts, Social Studies

TOPICS: U.S. Population Trends/History

Resource Overview

After analyzing primary and secondary sources, students debate increasing the number of members in the U.S. House of Representatives, then gerrymander simulated districts.

Students will be able to:
  • Explain how population growth in the U.S. has affected individual representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Summarize primary sources to gain an understanding of the original purpose of the House of Representatives.
  • Debate, citing evidence, whether the U.S. government should increase the number of House members in response to population growth.
Students gerrymander a map of Texas using the "cracking" method

Features of This Resource

  • Four maps of House districts that students gerrymander using “packing” or “cracking” techniques
  • Lesson includes historic sources like the Federalist Papers, a 1929 New York Times article, as well as current sources
  • Fun lesson plan for Government and APUSG classes


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