Enduring Understandings Students will understand political party tenets, what the many different ways to get a law passed are, and how to apply probability and statistical analysis to the real world.
How do we get a law passed?
What are the deciding factors in its passage?
What do political parties believe?
How does probability work?
How do we use statistical analysis to predict an outcome?
Overview of Student Activities
Investigation: Collaborate with your 2-3 group members and find a problem in our community that you believe can be fixed by creating a new law.
Preparation: Write a draft of a law that you create to benefit your community by fixing the problem you've identified. Research political party tendencies using provided data. Decide which demographics you will need to convince to support your bill, and which demographics will likely already agree with you.
Action: A. Create a plan to promote your bill among the demographic you will need to convince to support your bill. B. Draft a form letter for your letter writing campaign. Collect filled out copies of your letter to deliver to the appropriate government body.
Reflection: 10 minute quick writes at the beginning of each class reflecting on your progress thus far, and your plans moving forward. On the day of presentations, the quick write will be on what you would do differently next time.
Demonstration: Student presentations of their promotion plan and form letter.
Evaluation: Self evaluation based on provided rubric. Predict if a bill similar to your own will be voted on and/or passed in the next ten years.