To understand how federal laws enacted since 1945 have influenced foreign policy, labor relations, transportation, education, civil rights, the economy, immigration, minorities, and the environment.
1 class period
The lesson begins by reading with the class an introductory paragraph about how laws are passed.
Students then read information inside of box 1 and must decide which law -- of those in a list that is provided -- is being described. The name of the law is then written in a space above the description. Class members do the same for boxes 2-20. All of the laws have been made since World War II ended in 1945.
In most cases, students can figure out the law being described even without prior knowledge simply by using clues within each description. The process of elimination can also help students eventually identify all of the laws.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.