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WebQuest Title:    Interest Groups and Public Policy  

Dear Colleague:  I have created this unit from a desire acquired as an undergrad studying political science.  When I began to study public policy and found my base knowledge of material to be very lacking. 

Author:  John Holloman                   

Date: March 2006               

Age Group: This was designed for a senior class however it can be done with most any high school age class

Unit Summary:
    Goals/Objectives: The students will understand the basics of the public policy process.  Students will also be able to understand and explain how interest groups work and what tactics they use to influence public opinion.
    Days:
5-6 days
    Content:
Internet research, lecture material
    Methods:
Lecture, Group discussion, Class Presentation and Webquest

 

WebQuest  Summary:
    Goals/Objectives: Students will investigate various interest groups.  Students will take the material they find and then create their own interest group and address issues such as member benefits, tactics, and mission. 
    Days:
2
    Content:
Interest group web pages
    Methods:
Group work   

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Web-based Subject Matter Content
Source for overall legal and interest group information. CRS Report

Site that contains some information on the lobbyist client relationship  If they only knew

 
Other Resources
A valuable book for planning which interest groups to use and finding background information.  It is expensive so I would check at a library first.  http://www.cqpress.com/product/Public-Interest-Group-Profiles-2004.html
A diagram of the public policy process created with assistance from DR. Kemp, Public Policy Professor FSU
An explanation of the diagram is here
 

Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Bellwork Students will begin by a short writing assignment about where they see themselves fitting into government.  
Lecture Public policy overview.  Cover public opinion, policy formation and policy implementation. Power Point
  Teacher reference notes Notes
  This is a handout you can either duplicate on the board or overhead or pass to the students to have for reference.  Handout

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Attention Getter A video advertisement from the Truth. 1st slide of power point
Lecture/discussion Overview Interest groups.  Tactics, member benefits, and types of interest groups.  Power Point
  Teacher reference notes Notes

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Webquest   Webquest

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Webquest   Webquest

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Presentations    
class questions Questions to direct class discussion and encourage higher thinking about the issue.  Discussion Questions

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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
 presentations Carry over from day 5 see above

 

Students WebQuest :

Go to Students Section

Conclusion: This I hope is a good teaching tool to help expand out the students awareness of not only their part in government, but their potential to affect government.  It may come as a shock to them that so many people could be concerned with trying to influence them to get their extemely valuable voice and vote. 

Credits/References:

Most of the material is adapted from notes from two undergraduate public policy course.  Most of the credit for the material should go to Dr. Kathleen Kemp.  The heavy reliance on this material is from a direct lack of available online resources on the subject matter that are suitable for education. 

 

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