Learning Activity: Mock City
Council Meeting and Presentation
•Sources about secondhand smoke
•Index cards (to use as notes for the presentation)
Students will prepare a presentation for the members of City
Council. They will research secondhand smoke in more detail, and try to
convince the members of City Council that they should enact a smoking ban in
the city. (This is regardless of the
fact that a statewide ban is already in effect.)
student will prepare a one-minute speech in support of the smoking ban, in
hopes of improving the community’s health.
should use the information that you collected and any other sources that
they find. Encourage students to interview a parent or person that works
in a smoke-filled environment. Find out why people do not want to work in
a smoky environment.
on how much time you have for this activity, students may work on their
speeches in class or at home.
the presentation, divide the class into community members and council
members. Find out how many people are on city council for your school’s
town. Each student should have a chance to be a council person and a
students acting as council members will use the peer judging sheet to give
the presenter a score on his or her presentation.
- At the
end of each “council session” the council members should vote on whether
or not they want to enact a smoking ban based on the “community advocates”
•How will people benefit from a smoking ban?
•How does presenting at a city council meeting impact the
way of life for the people in the community?
•What facts about secondhand smoke were most convincing when
you were acting as a council member?