Congress and the Legislative Process: A Simulation in How a Bill Becomes a Law

As part of the study of the legislative process, class members research redistricting and gerrymandering, and the effects of these activities on law making. On day one of the two-day plan, individuals redistrict the state of Elbonia so that the Stars political party has a majority in each of the state's three districts. On day two, class members conduct a simulation in which they assume roles of House Judiciary Committee members to consider whether or not to favor a bill.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members research the districts and the redistricting proposals in their state 
Classroom Considerations

Some class members may need additional scaffolding to understand the connection between the two activities

Pros

  • The detailed plan includes worksheets, graphics, role cards, and background information
Cons

  • Additional scaffolding is needed to connect the two-day plan