** This activity will require you to download and then customize for your school. Will take some time but once you do it once, it will be ready for years of use **
I use this after discussing how Congressional Committees work. I essentially made Committees for our school. Things like Committee on School Safety and Committee on Academics. I then put three teachers into each committee. I intentionally put one teacher in each committee that kids would moan about making those decisions for our school. What follows is a rather long list of activities for them to complete. Activities vary from them making committee assignments to marking up and changing bills. I found a variety of school related bills for students to consider. Some are absurd and some are implemented in some parts of the country.
I put all the papers (15pgs) into a manila envelop and each group of 3-4 students gets an envelope. One of the challenges of the task is to stay organized and delegate work. This also illustrates congressional committee work.
Some groups will finish. Many won't. That's ok.
You can extend into a second or third day by having groups present to the "House or Senate Floor" and then debating and voting.
It's really a lot of fun and kids get really into it because it has some application to their school lives. Just remember you'll need to two significant tweaking to fit your school and your staff.
ALSO, be sure your magins are set to .8 in Word so that each title is on its own page.