September 09, 2019

Individuals Influence Public Policy

Grade Level:

Elementary


Overview:

In this lesson, students are presented with a controversial school policy and given two viewpoints on the issue. They are then divided into groups, and asked to provide reasons for and against the policy. After deciding whether the policy should be changed or not, the students are asked to reflect on why policies might change and what factors influence policy decisions.


Time needed:

1 class period


Materials required:

Influencing Public Policy Lesson Plan

Influencing Public Policy Handout


National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 5: Individuals, Groups, and Institutions

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices