Video Session: Use an appropriate taped CT-N session of the Connecticut House of Representatives or Senate discussing a bill with clearly defined party arguments. Check our
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Additional Materials Needed:
Class Time: Two or three class periods.
Objectives: See unit general objectives.
- Video clip from a Hollywood Movie
- Song and Lyrics
- Student Council
- Mail out handouts from different candidates.
- (Day one/two depending on length of video) By randomly counting off students break the class
into two groups --- Republican or Democrat. While watching the video as a group (Democrat or Republican) have each group complete the following tasks.
STOP THE VIDEO BEFORE THE VOTE!!!
- Make a list of the legislative people that spoke for your party and list the points the representatives from your party make for or against the Bill.
- On the map, provided by the teacher, color in the area that your legislative persons represent.
- As a group read the Bill and make a list of the key points that the bill addresses.
- Compare this to the list of points made by your party. Prepare a list of the key points for your party.
- (Day two/three) Each Party is to break into sub groups responsible for producing one or all of each of the below products.
- Prepare a two-minute script for a radio or television release based on your party’s concerns.
- Prepare a one-page press release describing your parties concerns.
- Prepare a mailer to Connecticut voters describing why your party took its stand.
- Prepare for a debate between Democratic and Republican Representatives
- (Day three/four) Bring the entire class together and the teacher leads the following brainstorming and evaluation components.
- As a class brainstorm and list on the board the KEY points of the bill
- As a class color in the OH transparency map of the districts represented in the video
- By a show of hands have the class vote on whether they feel the bill should be approved. Write the results on the board.
- Predict how the vote would go---141 total votes of which ** Republican and ** are Democrat.
Debrief/ Closure: (Day Four) Discuss and compare/contrast the class vote with the actual vote.
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