Starter: 5 minute review sesh for the quiz!
Due Monday, beginning of class:
ONE document with the following:
1. Last minute Q and A with Ashley then.....BILL TO LAW QUIZ
2. "Is Congress Broken?" Debate Prep (10 minutes)
Sit at a table with your debate partner. Take 10 minutes to finish gathering evidence, to review the debate structure (hard copies provided in class) and to figure out who is going to say what.
3. Step 7: Mini-debate (groups of 4)
You will be working with your partner to debate and build consensus with another pair from the opposing side. Here is the structure for today's debate. I suggest electing one person to be timekeeper and facilitator to avoid chaos:
The Debate Structure (30 minutes)
I suggest assigning one person to be the facilitator timekeeper to avoid devolving into chaos. :)
4. Step 8: Re-evaluate the prompt.
What do you, personally, believe in response to the question? Look over the counter-argument and the supporting documents and evaluate for evidence.
5. Step 9: Seminar Pre-Write
Do a prewrite on two of the following questions below for a seminar that we will have on Monday. Each questions should be answered in a well-structured paragraph, and should reference at least one text. Use this response as a way to organize the specific evidence you have to bring to our seminar.
1. What role does money play in our political system? In your view, is this a problem? Why or why not? Challenge: Bring in Citizens United ruling!
2. Can our political system function without lobbyists? Why or why not?
3. What do you think is the biggest problem with Congress right now? Why?
4. If you could fix one thing in Congress right now, what would it be? What would be the potential consequences of making this change?
5. How has your opinion on this topic evolved or changed over the last week? What new ideas or questions do you have at this point?
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Humanities teacher at Animas High School