How Laws are Made: Lesson Plan

How Laws are Made: Lesson Plan
This downloadable lesson plan, aimed at students aged 14-16, introduces the idea that a key function of Parliament is to make and amend laws.

pptx file - 767 KB

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Description

A free downloadable lesson plan aimed at students aged 14-16. It introduces the idea that a key function of Parliament is to make and amend law and details the various different stages a bill must pass through to become law.

SEND versions

SEND accessible versions are also available on this page.

Additional differentiated resources for SEND pupils include:

Learning outcomes

Students must (all):

  • Know that laws are made in Parliament and that draft laws are called bills.
  • That bills pass through many stages of consultation and discussion before becoming a law and that this is a key part of the democratic law-making process.

 

Should (most):

  • Know the main stages of a bill passing through Parliament.
  • Evaluate critically different ideas and viewpoints including those with which they do not necessarily agree.

 

Could (some):

  • Know that these stages of a bill passing through Parliament shape what the final law looks like as it goes through changes and amendments along the way.

Practical information


Resources accompanying this lesson plan include a power point presentation and downloadable worksheets to support classroom activities.

 

pptx file - 767 KB

Resources

How Laws are Made presentation

How Laws are Made presentation

A powerpoint outlining the key stages of making a law.

pptx file - 767 KB

How Laws Are Made lesson plan - Word version

How Laws Are Made lesson plan - Word version

Activities and worksheets.

docx file - 852 KB

How Laws are Made lesson plan (SEND accessible)

How Laws are Made lesson plan (SEND accessible)

Use with SEND students.

docx file - 721 KB

How Laws are Made presentation (SEND accessible)

How Laws are Made presentation (SEND accessible)

A differentiated powerpoint outlining the key stages of making a law.

pptx file - 730 KB

Sorting exercise and word mat

Sorting exercise and word mat

Differences between laws and rules and a pre-learning vocabulary word mat.

docx file - 1.55 MB

Additional worksheets (SEND accessible)

Additional worksheets (SEND accessible)

Pre-learning vocab sheet, Stages of a Bill sorting activity and a For and Against worksheet.

docx file - 1.88 MB

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This article provides a useful overview - from origin to Act - of the process of making UK laws.