Students will understand the structure, function, and processes of the legislative branch of government, as well as its role in the lawmaking process at the federal level.
SS.7.C.3.8: Analyze the structure, functions and processes of the legislative, executive and judicial branches.
SS.7.C.3.3: Illustrate the structure and function of the US government
SS.7.C.1.7: Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and checks and balances.
- Preview the steps of the law making process.
How a BILL becomes a LAW
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Think about the following questions as you watch the video:
Congress in a Flash...
1. Read the attached file to the right titled "Congress in a Flash."
2. Create three columns in your writing folder like the ones you see below. (House of Representatives, Both, Senate)
3. Write the statements below into the correct column on your paper.
4. List AT LEAST 5 POWERS OF CONGRESS below your columns on your paper.
5. In your own words, summarize how a bill becomes a law. Include the following terms in your summary: bill, House of Representatives, Senate, President, veto, override, majority, 2/3 majority, law
There are 100 members of this chamber
There are 435 members of this chamber
Serves six-year terms
Can override a presidential veto with a 2/3 vote of support
Have to be at least 25 to serve in this chamber
Bills about taxes and money must start here
Members represent an entire state
Approves presidential appointments
Members represent citizens
Have to be at least 30 to serve in this chamber
Represent people in a specific section of their state
Serve two-year terms
Passes bills onto the president to become laws
Extension activity: Congressional Committees
1. Click on the "House Committees" image to the left and pick THREE committees. Then, briefly summarize their role/job.
2. Click on the "Senate Committees" image to the right and pick TWO committees. Then, briefly summarize their role/job.
3. Of the committees you selected, which do you think is the most important for the country overall? Explain why.
Click on the link below and play "Lawcraft."
WRITE A PARAGRAPH SUMMARY OF HOW THE LAWMAKING PROCESS WORKS. (and anything else you learned from the game)