As the Federal Government prepares for “Shutdown 2018”, President Trump and Congressional leaders are trading blame and slinging mud. In what will likely go down in history as the first time a single party saw the government shutdown while enjoying complete control of the White House, and both houses of Congress (the House and Senate), there are lots of questions.
This is a lesson drawing upon the fictional West Wing account of a shutdown, along with several articles from the Washington Post and other news outlets detailing how a shutdown happens, who was to blame, and what happens next.
Lesson times will vary. Depending on how many of the resources you have students explore this activity could take one to three 45 minute class periods.
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