Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Students Hold Congressional Hearings

What makes an effective legislator? What outside influences affect the legislative process? Our 12th graders are getting a glimpse into the process by participating in a mock congressional hearing in AP Government, which every 12th grade student takes at Summit.

All of our projects are designed to engage students in real-world problem-solving and experiences. They are learning how committee rules, party seniority, lobbyists, and the media’s effect on public opinion all have a profound impact on whether a bill ever becomes the supreme law of the land. Every student has a role in this hearing as a congressperson, congressional witness, lobbyist, or media reporter, and must research their assigned role so that they can play their part. They are learning how all of these key players work together and/or block each other similar to our current Congress.

 


Mr. Quezada’s AP Government class at Summit Rainier


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