To understand the process by which a bill becomes a law.
1 class period
To begin this lesson, students are given a copy of pages 45A and 45B only. These contain eleven paragraphs about the process by which a bill becomes a law.
Class members begin by reading paragraphs 1-2 and underlining or highlighting key words, names, and terms. They then put pages 45A - 45B face down under their desks. Next, each student is given a copy of pages 45C and 45D with the same eleven paragraphs but with missing words, names, and terms. Without looking back at the first two pages, the kids must complete a series of sentences in paragraphs 1-2. A list of answer choices is provided.
After about 10 minutes, the students will switch their papers –– pages 45C and 45D are turned face down underneath the desk, and pages 45A and 45B are again turned face up on top of the desk.
The activity continues in the same way with paragraphs 3-5, 6-8, and then 9-11.
While this can be used as an activity for individuals, you can also turn this into a fun game by dividing the class into two teams that will take turns trying to identify the correct answers as you read through the paragraphs on 45C and 45D with them. In that case, have the kids first read through all eleven paragraphs on pages 45A and 45B by themselves. Then collect those pages and pass out 45C and 45D, divide the class into two teams, and start the game.
Teacher Instructions and answer key included.