Students learn what factors members of Congress consider when deciding whether to vote for a bill. These include the powers given to Congress by the Constitution, members’ personal opinions, political party support, and what voters think. During the first day of the lesson, students find out about each of these factors. During the second day, students get to try their hand at weighing the factors by considering hypothetical bills. (If you’re short on time, it’s OK to teach just the first day’s lesson.)
While it’s not necessary, we recommend playing Branches of Power and LawCraft before teaching this lesson. This lesson picks up where these two games left off by showing students what goes into those “yea” and “nay” votes they see during the games.
Note: this lesson includes a PowerPoint presentation (see Lesson Prep below), but there is a paper-only option that can be used as an alternative.