Using Illinois As an Example, Take a Virtual Walk Inside the Illinois State Capitol to Understand Why It’s Important to Vote and See How Elected Officials Create Legislation that Impacts Us As Citizens
Students will follow inquiry-based learning to actively explore the roles played by the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois Senate in submitting ideas that get turned into laws. They’ll also examine how the Governor can approve (sign) or reject (veto) a bill, and why it’s important to vote. This ground-breaking experiential learning curriculum is at your fingertips via web-based access. It includes all relevant research and sourced material needed to document facts. Students will:
- View a student-narrated video that, with use of fun graphics, highlights the history of Illinois as a state, defines the roles of the legislative, executive and judicial branches, and breaks down the steps needed to pass legislation.
- Put together a plan to create a law to establish a holiday to celebrate Illinois becoming a state.
- Submit ideas on how to get involved with state government based on an investigation of how bills are passed in Illinois.