Compare and Contrast the duties of the job of serving in Congress
Describe the compensation and privileges given to members of Congress
Tell students that members of Congress often must fill several roles in their job. Ask student to discuss what they know abut those roles and what they think the main function of members of Congress should be
Ask Students what they think the most difficult aspect of being a member of Congress. Use their answers to begin a general discussion of the job, the background of the people, who do that job, and the compensation they receive
Remind students that members of Congress have difficult jobs but that they are paid well for their efforts. Ask students to write a job description for a member of Congress, including duties, pay and expected personal and political background
TASK: Create a “want ad” for a representative.
Wants ads should include:
• Formal and informal qualifications
• Duties that the representative will fulfill
• Any interesting supplementary information
such as the terms and sessions the representative
will take part in.
You might want to skim the material in Section 4
to find other information to incorporate in their