This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2.00, as of 2011-06-29.
Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2
This resource is an interactive lesson plan that provides students with the opportunities to learn about Congress through researching and debating a relevant bill. The lesson plan is detailed and includes worksheets and clear procedures. The lesson begins with a teacher-directed lecture on the structure and workings of Congress and then students begin research on a bill from the perspective of an assigned political party in preparation for a debate on the bill. Overall, the lesson is well-structured and the bill topic, cell phone usage while driving, would be engaging for the students. It should be noted that the lesson covers a lot of content, and it might be good to either lengthen the lesson to ensure more time for developing background knowledge or to provide students with more guidance and handouts through the entire process.
June 17, 2011
I wish I had a civics class that made us participate in lessons like this one. Emily Ann you have a very thoughtful lesson plan, and thanks for the detailed…
June 17, 2011
I thought this lesson idea was great--in fact, it was one idea I was toying with before I planned my authentic assessment. The legislative process can be long and confusing…
June 16, 2011
Emily Ann ~ I thought that this lesson was great! I really like that you not only are teaching about Congress but doing so through having them research various perspectives…
Information - Congress Lesson Plan
A lesson plan on the US Congress using a simulation and computer research.