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The Legislative Branch: How a Bill Becomes a Law

TimeJan. 14, 2013

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:Am. Government

Students have been working with the Youth Leadership Initiative as they move into and through their unit on the Legislative Branch of the United States Government. Students were introduced to details surrounding the structure of the federal legislature, the qualifications needed to become a U.S. Senator or Representative, terms served by federal lawmakers, and the job that they do. This week, students will be meeting in group to create their own bills. For homework this Monday, students will be going to the website of the U.S. Senate and answering the following questions.

1) When did the 113th Congress begin?

2) The newly elected senators were sworn in by whom?

3) Into how many classes is the Senate divided? What is the reason behind this division?

For the entire unit, students will be writing bills and voting on bills submitted by students from around the United States. I encourage you to check out the University of Virginia's Youth Leadership Initiative at youthleadership. net and give us your feedback.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the unit, homework, or anything else, please drop me a line at bidellb@nhalv.org.