Congratulations! Your students know the role of the President's cabinet. So, now what? How can we make this information relevant? This activity will allow students to research who is currently serving in those cabinet positions. Students can choose which cabinet department they would like to research, introducing choice and differentiated interests. Students then assess whether or not they would confirm a nomination of the secretary of that department, thereby reinforcing the concept of checks and balances.
This assignment can be easily differentiated by increasing or decreasing the amount of cabinet positions students are expected to research. Students can work in groups, with a partner, or individually. This assignment can be collected or use as a note-taking tool upon which students can record notes presented by their peers.
And last, but not least, teachers can then use this assignment to facilitate dialogue about numerous civic issues and current events.