TITLE: MOCK CONGRESS AUTHOR: Rosella S. Campos; George Washington High School, Guam GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 9-12 Implementation of Student Congress in the Secondary Classroom. OVERVIEW: Many students do not understand the process of lawmaking. Neither do they know the basis of these laws. where do laws come from? The intricacies of law-making and the length of time it involves are not clearly understood. PURPOSE: This activity can be implemented in all grade levels, (9th - 12th). The purpose of this activity is to get the students involved in the legislative process of law-making by assuming different roles and understand the relevance of these laws to their lives. OBJECTIVES: 1. To learn about parliamentary procedures. 2. To enable students to generate their own ideas as basis of making laws and become better advocates of these ideas. 3. To develop leadership skills. 4. To develop communication skills through debate and speech. 5. To learn about contemporary issues. 6. To learn and understand the workings of democracy. ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES: Before the activities begin, the teacher must have discussed with the students the importance of the different committees in Congress, such as Rules Committee, Ways and Means Committee, Appropriation Committee, Armed Services Committee, Education Committee, etc. Students must also have been familiarized with the steps on how a bill law. This acitivity allows for 3-5 class meeting. Each student should have prepared or written a bill on any subject of his/her own choice following the smaple or format specified by the teacher. At the end of the activity, students will also be asked to evaluate their own peers following these criteria. (See attached form) EVALUATION ON ORAL PRESENTATION Evaluated by:___________________ NAME OF PRESENTER _____________________________ Rate the individual according to the following criteria. Circle a number the scale from 1 - 10. 1- lowest score, 10- highest score. __________________________________________________________ Content 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (evidence of research) __________________________________________________________ Creat/Orginality 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (Use of audio/visual aids) __________________________________________________________ Clarity/brevity 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (concisness) __________________________________________________________ Organization/ logical 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 sequence __________________________________________________________ Style of presentation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 __________________________________________________________ Total Points GRADE DISTRIBUTION: 45-50 A 40-44 B 35-39 C 30-34 D Comments/Suggestions; 1. Students will be divided into groups of 4-5 members each. Each group will assign different committee chairperson and a recording secretary. 2. Each committee will discuss the different bills written by each student before the activity. The committee chairperson will lead the discussion. Each student must be given at least 2 minutes to present his/her bill. 3. After the discussions, each committee will choose one particular bill to propose to the whole assembly of legislators. This shall be done through voting. Teacher should remind students that decisions should be done through majority vote. 4. After a bill has been considered, the committee will now decide what changes to make, if any, this is called the mark-up session. 5. When all changes have been made, the committee votes either to kill the bill or to report it. 6. If the committee decides to report it, they send the revised bill to the whole legislative assembly. All the members of the committees will now assume the role of the whole asembly. At this point the following leaders are chosen, presiding officer, or speaker, Sargeant at Arms, and recording-clerk. 7. Each committee will present its own proposed bill by allowing a student speaker to present the bill to the whole assembly. After the presentation, questions will be asked by members of the assembly. These questions must be on the mechanics of the Bill of Rights, alot five members for each bill. 8. After all committees have made their presentations, members of the asembly will now vote for the bill(s) they would propose to become a law(s). 9. At the end of the activity , the students will evaluate the performance of their peers based on the criteria given to them by the teacher at the beginning of the activity.
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