LawCraft is a game that teaches students how the two houses of Congress compromise to create laws. Players take the role of a Representative or Senator in the U.S. Congress. They will need to choose an issue and select from a variety of amendments to create a bill, while paying attention to how much support each amendment has among other Representatives or Senators. Students will have to work to compromise with the other chamber—and, if necessary, the President—to create a bill that will be signed into law. If you’ve already played Branches of Power, then LawCraft will probably look familiar. LawCraft is similar to the legislative section of Branches of Power, but it adds the additional components of political parties and compromise between the House and the Senate.
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the relationship between the three branches of government. Students will select an issue that's important to them and their virtual constituents and take it through the law-making process in interactive online game play. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »