ERIC Number: ED061124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
You, Too, Can be a Legislator! English, Debate, American History.
Tyler, Barbara R.; Biesekerski, Joan
The purpose of this quinmester course is to engage secondary students into acting out the role of legislators, requiring them to practice effective extemporaneous speaking, prepared public speaking, and congressional debating techniques. A full understanding of specific parliamentary procedures and methods used in the federal legislative branch is also required. Objectives of the course are for students to: 1) examine the basic techniques used in preparation and delivery of a persuasive speech; 2) construct a mock legislature; 3) formulate a bill reflecting a specific point of view on a current issue of considerable public interest; 4) debate the issues involved in a specific bill; 5) synthesize all points of view expressed in the legislative debates. It is hoped that by the end of the course the student will realize that legislation is a long and careful process which prevents hasty law making. Legislation is seen as an avenue for solution of problems in society and a process that will insure the success of our American government. Student and teacher bibliographies are provided including textbooks, films, records, and tapes in the list of resources. Related documents are: SO 002 708 through SO 002 718, and SO 002 768 through SO 002 792. (Author/SJM)
Descriptors: Activity Units, Behavioral Objectives, Civics, Curriculum Guides, Debate, Democracy, English Instruction, Federal Legislation, Legislators, Parliamentary Procedures, Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking, Resource Materials, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, United States Government (Course), Units of Study
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL.
Identifiers: Florida; Quinmester Program
Note: An Authorized Course of Instruction for the Quinmester Program