Now that the students have a working knowledge of what a bill is and the process that it must go through to become a law, as well as a working vocabulary for this lesson, students will be instructed to come up with new laws that they would like to see apply to their classroom.
1. The students will act as citizens to come up with ideas, and they will elect two of their classmates to be Representatives. The Representatives will write the bills that the citizens come up with. Up to four bills may be submitted.
2. Students will split up into two groups – the House and the Senate. The bills will be split between the two branches of Congress for discussions and voting.
3. The House will be assigned half of the bills, and they will make changes to their bills, vote, and pass the bills to the Senate.
4. The Senate will be assigned the other half of the bills, and they will make changes to their bills, vote, and pass the bills to the House.
5. Both branches will make changes to their new bills, vote, and pass the bills to the President (the teacher).
6. The President will either sign and pass the bills, veto the bills, or pocket veto the bills. At this point, if any of the bills violate school rules, the concept of the Supreme Court can be introduced in reference to the Principal, who may strike down any offending bills.
7. If the bill is passed, the new law will be added to the classroom rules.