This simulation works well as the culminating activity of lessons on the executive branch. Students play the role of a leader of one of the executive cabinet departments and advise the President on one "current" pressing problem or concern facing your department or post. The preparation time could be included as part of the overall assignment for the executive branch. It could involve class, library and home assignment components. Class time will be needed for the organizational parts of setting up a cabinet meeting. Current issues may be taken from the cabinet's homepage or recent stories in the media. Additional roles may be added to increase the number of students involved in the simulation i.e. under secretaries, vice president, white house advisors. The format can also be changed to a press conference simulation, where the class and teacher assume the role of the press and the cabinet members take questions on their proposed programs, etc.
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