DUMB LAWS

     Many laws were written long ago and are still enforced today because they continue to make sense and are needed.  However, other laws no longer make sense but are still laws.  Because our society has changed so much over the years, it is hard to imagine that these laws were every necessary.  But something, somewhere, somehow prompted an individual to put a in lot of work to write a bill, debate it, vote on it, and turn it into a law.  Who did this and why?  We may never know, but we can make up a pretty good story about it!

Below is a list of real laws and the states in which they were made.  Your job is the following:

 

  • Read through the list of laws and select one law to make up a story about how the law came into being.

 

 

 

  • The week of May 11, Watch the video Writing Your Story then use your graphic organizers to help you write your story in paragraph form.  Your story will have a beginning , a middle, and an end.  In the beginning, your characters and setting will be introduced.  In the middle “the event” will take place that made the law needed.  At the end of you your story, you tell about the aftermath of the law.  Make sure you are using transition words so your story flows smoothly (link to transition words).  Also, make sure you are using your amazing adjectives and vivid verbs.

 

  • The week of May 18, use the Revising and Editing Checklist from your packet to revise your story, then share your story via Google docs with a classmate and have them edit your story using their copy of the checklist too.  You will also be editing their story using your copy of the checklist (that’s why there are 2 on the page J).

 

 

 

THE LAWS

 

1. It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday.  Ohio

 

2. It is illegal to drive without windshield wipers.  You don’t need to have a windshield, but you must have wipers.  Texas

 

3. No horses are allowed in a fountain unless they are wearing pants.  South Dakota

 

4. It is illegal to wear fake mustaches that may cause laughter in church.  Alabama

 

5. Owners of flamingos may not let their pet into barber shops.  Alaska

 

6. Donkey’s cannot sleep in hot tubs.  Arizona

 

7. It is unlawful to walk one’s cow down Main Street after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Arkansas

 

8. It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.  North Dakota

 

9. It is illegal to lend your vacuum cleaner to your neighbor.  Colorado

 

10.  You aren’t allowed to cross a street while walking on your hands.  Connecticut

 

11. Women may be fined for falling asleep under a hairdryer.  Florida

 

12.  No one may carry an ice cream cone in their pocket if it is Sunday.  Georgia

 

13. Coins are not allowed to be placed in one’s ears.  Hawaii

 

14.  You may not fish on a camel’s back.  Idaho

 

15. One armed piano players must play for free.  Iowa

 

16.  Pedestrians crossing the highway at night must wear taillights.  Kansas

 

17. It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.  Louisiana

 

18. It is illegal to take a lion to the movies.  Maryland

 

19. Citizens may not enter Wisconsin with a chicken on their head. Minnesota

 

20.  It is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.  Pennsylvania

 

21.  Taking a bite out of another’s hamburger will not be tolerated.  Oklahoma

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