Lesson Plan

How A Bill Becomes A Law

Seven steps are required for a bill to become a United States law. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) is used as a model for the process of how a bill becomes a law.  Class members work independently through a Google Slides presentation, answer questions imbedded in the slides, and review linked sites. They then research a current bill, track its progress, and report their findings to the class.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have class members create an infographic that illustrates the seven steps of process
  • Check the current status of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • The language of the clips is esoteric; therefore, pause the videos frequently to check for understanding
Classroom Considerations
  • Vocabulary list may be printed or assigned as a drag and drop activity on Google Classroom, Schoology, or other platform
  • As a model of the process, the video clips track the progress of the HR.6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Although designed for middle schoolers,  the sophistication of the rhetoric makes the resource most appropriate for high school civics or government classes
  • Class members requires computers with internet access
  • The corona virus is a hot button topic and sure to engage learners.
  • Speakers are cut off mid-sentence