Students summarize their research and their proposed solution in one coherent document that describes what the issue is, what’s being done, and how the proposed public policy will help solve the problem.
The students will:
MAKE SURE students have all their information from the previous lessons in the unit. This is a summary lesson that will require them to draw on everything they have done up to this point.
ANTICIPATE by asking students to recall the solution the class came up with yesterday. Ask students why it’s important to be organized and to “know your stuff” when you are trying to convince someone of something. For example, what if a county official asked them about their policy and they couldn’t speak effectively about it?
DISTRIBUTE one Position Paper packet to each student.
GUIDE students through the process of completing the packet. You might want to make transparencies of the pages and walk through the activities together as a class, or allow students to work in pairs or groups. Except for Part B, the activities are modeled after earlier activities in the unit that students should recognize.
DISCUSS students’ answers. If students completed the Position Paper on their own, you may want to compile answers on the board or on an overhead.
CLOSE by asking students to think of one thing that could be done next to start getting support for the proposal. Ask students to share with a partner, then call on random students to share what they thought of.