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  1. CALL TO ORDER CREATE 5 “districts” of 10 characters each. Your districts must be fairly rectangular.

  2. Questions from yesterday: • What do we know happens to tax revenue and government services when the population increases? • What do we know happens to tax revenue and government services when the population decreases? When population increases, the government collects more tax revenue. The government can provide more government services, because it has more money to spend. When population decreases, the government collects less tax revenue. The government provides less government services, because it doesn’t have as much money.

  3. When population goes up Tax revenue increases And the gov’t can spend more $ Yesterday, we learned… When population goes down Tax revenue decreases And services decrease

  4. Today, our objective is: Students will be able to explain the reasons for reapportionment AND redistricting and its impacts on fiscal decisions and representation BY • defining key vocabulary by analyzing a film clip • playing the redistricting game • applying these key terms to the imaginary state • answering an exit ticket

  5. Watch the following film. You should fill out the first three questions on your sheet: • How many representatives are there in Congress, since 1940? ______ • States with bigger population get (more/less) representation, and states with smaller population get (more/less) representation. • In your own words, define reapportionment. 435 Reapportionment is using the population to mathematically figure out how many representatives each state should get.

  6. What is representation? 4. Representation refers to the number of representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives.

  7. What are legislative districts? 5. Each state is divided into legislative districts, which each has an equal population and votes for their representative This means the same number of people live in the 6th district as live in the 4th!

  8. Some surprising similarities… 6. The number of legislative districts equals the number of representatives that the state gets. There are 8 districts…. And 8 representatives!

  9. But people move quite often, and population is always fluctuating. Will these district lines always be the same? Under what conditions would we have to redraw them?

  10. Under what conditions would we have to redraw district lines? When population shifts!

  11. Under what conditions would we need to redraw district lines?