INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT
ACTIVITY 1: Identify; 1. the President 2. Vice-President 3. California's two United States Senators ? (name and party) 4. your congressional district and your Representative in the U.S. House of Representatives ? (number, name and party) 5. the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. 6. the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. 7. the United States Secretary of State. 8. the Governor of California. 9. the Mayor of San Jose. 10. the 3 branches of the United States Government. 11. any 10 departments represented in the President's Cabinet. 12. a presidential veto ? 13. the 2 houses of Congress. 14. 3 levels of United States Federal Courts. 15. what is an amendment ? 16. what the first ten amendments to the Constitution are called. 17. how old a citizen must be to vote ? 18. federalism. 19. who represents your district in the California State Assembly ? (name and party) 20. who represents you in the California State Senate ? (name and party) 21. five U.S. political parties. 22. the symbols of the Democratic and Republican parties. 23. the local headquarters of the Democratic and Republican parties. 24. "hard" money ? 25. "soft" money ? ACTIVITY 2: Identify the federal, state, county or city agency you would contact in order to help solve the problems listed below. Federal: Internal Revenue Service Post Office Social Security Administration State: Department of Motor Vehicles Environmental Protection Agency County: Registrar of Voters Department of Human Services Board of Education City: Police Department Fire Department Tax Assessor 1.Your parents have added a room to your home and want to protest an increase in their property tax. 2.You have moved to a new town and need to enroll in school. 3.Your brother has reached driving age and wants to apply for a driver's license. 4.Your mother wants to know if she can deduct the cost of home insulation from her income tax. 5.You have obtained your first job and need a social security number. 6.You need advice about how to dispose of flammable materials. 7.Your new bicycle is stolen. 8.Heavy smoke and fumes from a chemical factory are polluting your neighborhood. 9.You have moved and need to have your mail forwarded to your new address. 10.Your sister has turned 18 and wants to register to vote. 11.Your friend has home and family problems and wants some help.