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 legislative session
- Student Council
- (Day one) Break the class into five groups based on one of the five legislators chosen. Then have each group complete the following tasks.
STOP THE VIDEO BEFORE THE VOTE!!!
- Make a list of the points the representative makes for or against the Bill.
- On the map, provided by the teacher, color in the area that your legislative person represents.
- As a group read the Bill and make a list of the key points that the bill addresses.
- Prepare your information sharing with the class as a whole.
- (Day two or three) 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
- Have each group present a brief (Maximum 5 minutes) summary of the key points discussed by their assigned representative.
- By a show of hands have the class vote on whether they feel the bill should be approved. Write the results on the board.
- Extension Activity (Day two or three) If possible show the final part of this section of the video. Compare the actual vote to the class vote.
Debrief/Closure: Discuss the vote comparison …
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