Debating a Bill - whiteboard resource

Debating a Bill - whiteboard resource

The 'Debate a Bill' whiteboard resource introduces the process of scrutinising legislation and shows how effective debate works.

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Description

Students select a bill and choose which questions they would ask a minister to probe whether it would make an effective law. They learn to consider public opinion about the legislation, what benefits it delivers, how it will be enforced and, above all, what evidence is available to inform their views.

A downloadable lesson plan is available suggesting ways of extending the activity or incorporating it into a longer session.

Three levels of difficulty allow you to tailor the activity to suit your students.

Time required: 10 minutes

Learning outcomes

This resource supports political literacy strands of the curriculum in Citizenship and other subjects.

Students will learn to:

  • Understand the importance of scrutiny in the law-making process and how it affects their lives.
  • Consider enforceability, public opinion, benefits, costs and other issues to examine before a law is passed.
  • Improve their debating skills and learn to ask probing questions.
  • Consider whether an opinion is supported by evidence and how evidence could be gathered.

Practical information

This classroom presentation tool is optimised for use on interactive whiteboards.  It requires Flash Player 9 or above and Javascript to be enabled. Walkthrough guides are available to download below, to help you make the most of the resource. Turn straight to section 3 in the PDF to find the relevant instructions.

After launching ‘Debate a bill’, you can also access other activities relating to the legislative process through the main menu at the side of the resource.

Supporting resources

Lesson plan - level 3 - Word version

Lesson plan - level 3 - Word version

Students scrutinise a bill then vote to decide whether to pass it.

docx file - 38 KB

Lesson plan - level 2 - Word version

Lesson plan - level 2 - Word version

Students scrutinise a bill then vote to decide whether to pass it.

docx file - 41 KB

Lesson plan - level 1 - Word version

Lesson plan - level 1 - Word version

Students scrutinise a bill then vote to decide whether to pass it.

docx file - 30 KB

Walkthrough guide: level 3

Walkthrough guide: level 3

A practical guide to the level 3 whiteboard resource for teachers.

pdf file - 617 KB
PDF document

Walkthrough guide - level 2

Walkthrough guide - level 2

A practical guide to the level 2 whiteboard resource for teachers.

pdf file - 594 KB
PDF document

Walkthrough guide: level 1

Walkthrough guide: level 1

A practical guide to the level 1 whiteboard resource for teachers.

pdf file - 603 KB
PDF document

Lesson plan: level 3

Lesson plan: level 3

Students scrutinise a bill and add an amendment in the House of Lords.

pdf file - 617 KB
PDF document

Lesson plan: level 2

Lesson plan: level 2

Students scrutinise a bill and gather evidence about its potential impact from people who will be affected, through a role-playing activity.

pdf file - 226 KB
PDF document

Lesson plan: level 1

Lesson plan: level 1

Students scrutinise a bill then vote to decide whether to pass it.

pdf file - 137 KB
PDF document

Whiteboard resource: level 3

Whiteboard resource: level 3

Go straight to the level 3 version of the whiteboard resource.

Whiteboard resource: level 2

Whiteboard resource: level 2

Go straight to the level 2 version of the whiteboard resource.

Whiteboard resource: level 1

Whiteboard resource: level 1

Go straight to the level 1 version of the whiteboard resource.

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