How to make a law - whiteboard resource

How to make a law - whiteboard resource

This whiteboard resource will help students understand the process for scrutinising and passing new laws, and will introduce them to some key legislation from history.

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Description

This whiteboard resource includes a short introductory quiz followed by three activities.

  • Debate a bill in either the House of Commons or House of Lords and choose questions you would ask a minister to scrutinise the bill.
  • Sort through historic bills that have improved our voting rights, education, working hours and welfare, in the Timeline Challenge.
  • Follow the passage of a bill and find out about the role of the House of Commons, House of Lords, and the monarch in From bill to law.

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

Learning outcomes

This resource supports political literacy components of the curriculum in subjects such as Citizenship. It also supports elements of the secondary history curriculum relating to changes in voting rights and welfare, and elements of the English curriculum relating to debating.

Students will learn to:

  • Understand Parliament’s legislative role and how it affects their lives
  • Identify the roles of the House of Commons, House of Lords and the monarch in passing new legislation
  • Understand the importance of debate and scrutiny before new laws are made
  • Improve their debating skills and recognise the importance of evidence
  • Recognise key dates in British history relating to improvements in education, welfare and voting rights
  • Define key terms and understand their place in the legislative process, including white papers,
    green papers, bills, laws, amendments, Royal Assent, and the King or Queen’s Speech

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. Downloadable worksheets are also available for students to accompany each of the activities.

Supporting resources

Lesson plan - level 1

Lesson plan - level 1

How to integrate the resource into a classroom session

pdf file - 137 KB
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Lesson plan - level 1 - Word version

Lesson plan - level 1 - Word version

How to integrate the resource into a classroom session

docx file - 30 KB

Lesson plan - level 2

Lesson plan - level 2

How to integrate the resource into a classroom session

pdf file - 226 KB
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Lesson plan - level 2 - Word version

Lesson plan - level 2 - Word version

How to integrate the resource into a classroom session

docx file - 41 KB

Lesson plan - level 3

Lesson plan - level 3

How to integrate the resource into a classroom session

pdf file - 167 KB
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Lesson plan - level 3 - Word version

Lesson plan - level 3 - Word version

How to integrate the resource into a classroom session

docx file - 38 KB

Walkthrough guide for teachers - level 1

Walkthrough guide for teachers - level 1

This practical guide for teachers accompanies the level 1 whiteboard resource

pdf file - 603 KB
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Walkthrough guide for teachers - level 2

Walkthrough guide for teachers - level 2

This practical guide for teachers accompanies the level 2 whiteboard resource

pdf file - 594 KB
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Walkthrough guide for teachers - level 3

Walkthrough guide for teachers - level 3

This practical guide for teachers accompanies the level 3 whiteboard resource

pdf file - 617 KB
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Whiteboard resource - level 1

Whiteboard resource - level 1

Open the whiteboard resource at level 1 - for lower level students

Whiteboard resource - level 2

Whiteboard resource - level 2

Open the whiteboard resource at level 2

Whiteboard resource - level 3

Whiteboard resource - level 3

Open the whiteboard resource at level 3 - for more advanced students

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