Young people waving Jobs Not Jails! signs march at a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Peace Walk and Parade.
Social Studies
Grades
6-8

Broken Laws

How can we change the law to make our society better for everyone?

Project Summary

In this project, students study how laws are made and how laws affect certain members of society. By looking at historical context (e.g., significant amendments such as the 13th and 14th), students will examine how certain laws came to be and the ways in which laws can disproportionately affect different community members. Student teams will analyze current events and issues such as immigration, gun safety, or voter age to identify a law that they would like to change to more justly serve society. Students draft a proposal of a new law or an amendment to an existing law (proposition or legislation) and take action to get the law passed or changed at the local, state, or federal level. 

Note: This project is designed to be implemented after students have already been introduced to the separation of powers, the three branches of government, and the system of checks and balances, as well as the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.