Lesson Plan

How a bill becomes a law

Lesson explaining the process in which a bill becomes a law

After completing this lesson students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the powers of the United States Congress. Students will be able to summarize the process in which a bill becomes a law and understand

Social Studies
Grades 6 – 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Start the class with the School House Rock video "I'm just a bill".




2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Presenting

Review with students the powers of Congress using Article I of the Constitution.

Introduce each step in the process of creatin a law. Scholastic has a great and simple outline of the process.


3 Guided Practice

Activity: Creating

Have students work in groups of congressmen. For an in-class activity, have students write their bills and create a posterboard with the steps they plan to take to create their new law. Then have them present their bills to the class. In this way students can have guided practice in a fun activity. Students can also get immediate feedback and teachers can check for understanding.

4 Indepedent Practice

Activity: Assessing

This is something I would send home with students. Send each one with an evelope with strips of paper or a worksheet with the various steps of a bill becoming a law. Also include steps that don't belong to make it more of a challenge. Have the students paste the steps in the correct order then bring them back to class.

5 Wrap-up

Activity: Other — Exit ticket

Have studnet pull out a piece of paper and answer the following questions:

Where does congress get their power to create legislation?
What is the president's role in the legislative process?
What was the most interesting thing you did or learned today?