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How A Bill Becomes a Law


How A Bill Becomes a Law

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This is an interactive PowerPoint that guides students through the steps of how Bill is passed into law in the United States Congress. Students complete/draw a copy of the flowchart as well as answer questions regarding the material. This material attempts to present a balance of information between a very simple version of the steps and a very through and detailed one.
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Material Type: Assignment
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: March 02, 2011
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 06, 2016
Keywords: Bill to Law, Interactive, Legislative, U.S. Government, Congress, Powerpoint


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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Requires Powerpoint that can open files ending in .pptx. It may open in others but there is a strong possibility of formating issues.
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: unsure
Accessibility Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Scott Cox
5 years ago

Scott Cox (Staff)

I really REALLy liked the analogy of a roadtrip.  That really made the overall process relatable to the learner.  I have Open Office Presentation software and was not able to view this successfully becuase I did not havePowerPoint.  I was not shocked by this because you warned the learner in MERLOT.  I was able to get the jist of the lesson, but the snack time questions did not work properly for me.  I did love the concept of snack time and the idea of knowledge being used as currency.  Overall, greate job!

Avatar for Angela Engardio
5 years ago

Angela Engardio (Teacher (K-12))

I really enjoyed this presentation. The way Laura related the idea of "A Bill to Law" with a road trip was great. She was able to use real life situations with a road trip to identify the general ideas behind a bills "trip" to becoming a law. She also provided a lot of detailed information through direct instruction. I felt the "snack time" quizzes were engaging. My only suggestion in updating this presentation would be when students get questions wrong they are instructed to "try again." I would have liked to see some wrong answers receive more in-depth feedback or even being sent back to where the answer is provided in the powerpoint. This just might provide students who are misunderstanding or not reading carefully a chance to revisit the information before a second attempt. But this is a minor change and not absolutely necessary. Overall I really enjoyed this presentation and would definitely consider using this in my Government class.

Avatar for Melissa White
5 years ago

Melissa White (Faculty)

Nice job! Great lesson.