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# Trends in Congressional Apportionment

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### Activity Description

Students will examine a 2010 Census brief to understand the apportionment process and to analyze the relationship between a state’s population and its number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, making calculations with a multistep formula. Students will also identify trends in congressional apportionment.

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9-10

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### Approximate Time Required

45-60 minutes

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### Learning Objectives

• Students will be able to understand how to calculate a state’s number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
• Students will be able to identify trends in congressional apportionment.
• Students will be able to analyze the relationship between population and apportionment to understand the distribution of congressional power in the United States.

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### Materials Required

• The student version of this activity, 11 pages; it contains images that should be printed in color.
• Calculators

A teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites are optional.

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### Activity Item

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• 2010 Census Brief — Congressional Apportionment

## Teacher Notes

#### Blooms Taxonomy

Analyzing

Students will analyze a Census Bureau document containing data tables, a map, and a graph to understand the relationship between the U.S. population and the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

#### Subject

High School History

#### Topics

• Apportionment
• Choropleth maps
• Political representation
• U.S. House of Representatives

#### Skills Taught

• Comparing time periods
• Identifying cause and effect