Having built a foundation of knowledge about the chosen issue in Steps One through Four, students now learn the term “public policy.” Students identify government action and regulation as the two main ways the government works to solve problems. They analyze examples and evaluate the situations in which action and regulation are appropriate.
The student will:
ANTICIPATE by asking students to think of one way the government might show where it stands on an issue (not just in words, but in actions also).
DISTRIBUTE one “Public Policy” reading page to each student.
READ the material together as a class, pausing to discuss and explain as necessary.
PROJECT the Active Participation overhead. If you cannot project in a way that lets you uncover one line at a time, you can do this activity by reading each question aloud.
UNCOVER (or read) one question at a time with its answers. Have the class answer “A,” “B,” or “Both” as a chorus. Discuss correct and incorrect answers as appropriate.
DISTRIBUTE one review worksheet to each student.
ASSIGN students to complete the worksheet.
REVIEW the answers if you wish.
CLOSE by asking students to think of one kind of problem that would be best solved by government action and one that would be best solved by a regulation.