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What does the public really want? Does the government listen to the citizen's desire? This is a perfect one day lesson that will engage students in high level thinking as they analyze public polls and data about relevant issues in our government.
I use the lesson to introduce public opinion and data analysis but it can fit anywhere in government or current events classrooms. Students are provided with website links to opinion polls and choose a topic that interests them. They then critically analyze public opinion polls and determine the proper course of government action. I have the students report their findings out to the class and it leads to great political discussions. Perfect for AP or Regular government classrooms to learn how to read charts, data and graphs. Good for classroom looking for good discussion topics.
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