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Quia: How a Bill Becomes a Law

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://www.quia.com/pp/5157.html?AP_rand=1102304014

Website Example: http://www.quia.com/pp/5157.html?AP_rand=935402224

Tech Product Equipment

Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional)

Activity Description

In this activity, students use an interactive quiz to correctly put the steps of how a bill becomes a law in order. They must be careful to consider ALL the steps, even those that take place when the bill doesn't go smoothly.

Preparation

This is a simple and easy quiz ready to be used. You just need to pre-teach the information and be sure this site is not blocked at your school.

How-To

  1. Pre-teach unfamiliar vocabulary.
  2. Introduce the topic through a level-appropriate text (see for example "Government 101: How A Bill Becomes a Law" by Project Vote Smart, or "How Laws are Made" at Kids in the House, or by having students view a video and take notes or do a teacher-prepared listening comprehension activity based on videos such as "Facts of Congress: How a Bill Becomes a Law" .
  3. Then, in class open the Web Site Example (above) for the interactive quiz on the classroom computer or distribute the URL to students to type in if the quiz is used as an individual activity in a computer lab setting.
  4. Have students select "Play this game!" As a whole-class activity, students can be asked to volunteer to come to the front to type in a number or to say which step is next in the order.
  5. There are a total of 14 sentences. When all sentences have been numbered, select "Check Answers." The sentences that are ordered correctly are listed under the quiz with a part of the picture underneath the sentence revealed.
  6. Once all sentences have been ordered correctly, students could then copy the steps in order.

Teacher Tips

  • Students can check the "Give me a hint!" button in order to complete the assignment.
  • Select the "Check answers" button to see the quiz score and the correct and incorrect answers.

Select subjects and subcategories

Social Studies

  • American Government
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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.