Building on the concepts of public policy, government action, and regulation from Step Five, students analyze real-world examples of government actions and regulations. Students get a taste of the wide variety of public policies that exist, and they learn how to evaluate a public policy idea for benefits and limitations.
The student will:
ANTICIPATE by asking students to recall “who” can take action (individual, group, government). Then ask them to recall the two things almost every law does (provide some benefit and limit freedom in some way).
DISTRIBUTE one packet of Public Policy Case Studies and one packet of Case Study Analysis worksheets to each student.
READ through the first 5W + H graphic organizer with the class.
DISCUSS the corresponding questions on the case study analysis worksheet. Have students fill in the answers.
CONTINUE working through the case studies and analysis questions. The first four are actions and the second four are regulations. The questions are slightly different for actions than for regulations.
PROJECT the Which One Fits Your Problem? projection master.
DISCUSS the key words for Action and Regulation with the class.
ASK the class this question: Does their problem fit better with the key words for action or for regulation? (Their decision will guide the rest of the project, so help them think through the answer.)
TELL the class that tomorrow they will brainstorm a specific action or regulation (based on the decision they just made) to solve the problem you have been studying.