Materials

  • CCB Social Studies pages 60 - 65

Standards

Objectives

  • Define contemporary public policy

  • Identify examples of public policy

  • Describe how public policy is made

Key Concept

  • Public policy refers to the actions taken by government to address public issues.

Vocabulary

Tier 2 Accountable
Bias
Contemporary
Implement
log
Tier 3 domestic
issues
Test Words public policy

Evidence-Based Reading

  • Repeated Reading:Read aloud the paragraphs of the Contemporary Public Policy section. Have students listen for your inflection and pauses. Then have pairs of students read the paragraphs aloud together, mimicking the way you read it. Circulate and encourage students to continue rereading until they are reading fluently.

Real World Connection

  • How Public Policy Affects You: Create a three-column chart on the board and label the columns Public Policy, Type of Policy, and Effect on Me Then describe a normal day in your life, writing the public policies you typically come into contact with. (Sample answers: Public Policy: laws to regulate traffic; Type of Policy: public safety; Effect on Me: followed rules of the road as I drove to school) Encourage students to check in midweek to go over their entries with you

Writing Practice

  • Review with students the components or parts of a business letter: sender’s address, date, recipient’s address, salutation (or greeting), body, and closing. Show students a sample letter to the editor and point out its components. After students write their letters, check to ensure they have provided specific points of argument and evidence to support those points.

Before Lesson

Ask students if they know what public policy is. (government actions that affect everyone) Tell students that public policy affects many areas of life for Americans, from health care to driving laws. Explain that students will learn more about public policy in this lesson.

Background

Invite a volunteer to read the three questions in the introductory paragraph on page 60. (Do you think the speed limit on a certain road should be changed? Do you wish that you paid less taxes? Do you think the government should do more to help people?) Invite students to share their opinions and discuss them as a class. Explain that they are discussing contemporary public policy.

Guided Practice

  • Contemporary Public Policy
    • Types of Public Policy
  • Who Makes Contemporary Public Policy?
  • Evaluating Public Policy

Core Skill

Draw Conclusions: Demonstrate drawing a conclusion from an online article on public policy. Emphasize how you used several pieces of information to draw your conclusion. Point out that the activity requires students to provide evidence to support their conclusion. Their evidence should consist of at least two pieces of information. Explain that one piece of information may be knowledge that they already had before visiting the website.

Evaluate Reasoning: Review with students the three-step process for evaluating the reasoning behind a public policy position. Ensure they understand the steps as well as the reasons for the steps: The two-column table makes it easy to compare the arguments side by side. Evidence is written down so it can be reviewed and evaluated. Facts must be distinguished from opinions to eliminate bias.

Extension

Write Headers as Main Idea: Statements Review the lesson with students. Guide students into rewriting each sect ion header as a declarative sentence that states the main idea of the text that follows the headers.

Develop a Logical Argument: As a class, agree on a public policy to debate. Create two teams with two members each. One team should be for the policy and the other should be against it. Other class members should assist the teams by conducting Internet research to organize data that can be cited as evidence for each team’s argument. Stage the debate m class: a member of each team should give a three-minute speech relating their position and citing evidence to support their argument. Next, have other team members give one-minute rebuttal speeches. Conclude with a question-and-answer session with the class

Lesson Review