Many parents in your community have requested that the school district require students in grades K-6 to wear uniforms to school. A school board meeting has been aranged to discuss the matter, and to make a decision. The school board has promised a fair meeting with equal time for all groups concerned.
You need to do research on how school uniforms affect grades and behavior in school. You may also want to talk about how being forced to wear uniforms affects your rights as an American citizen.
Your job is to role-play a character in one of the 7 groups in this lesson and create a presentation for the school board. The school board has promised a fair meeting with equal time for each the group. You need to do research on how school uniforms affect grades and behavior in school. You may also want to talk about how being forced to wear uniforms affects your rights an American citizen.
1. Each student will be expected to turn in one of the following:
2. Each student will be expected to answer the questions at the end of the lesson.
3. Each group will make a 5 minute presentation to the board using an overhead projector or a computer program such as PowerPoint or HyperStudio.
Groups can be made up of 4-5 students each. Each student will be responsible for doing research for their individual assignment, and they will take on one group role.
Roles that could be used are:
&Mac183; Main presenter (before the board, other students may assist)
&Mac183; Recorder (to take notes from group and write a draft presentation)
&Mac183; Editor (to edit and organize the presentation)
&Mac183; Program Specialist (to oversee the multimedia or oral presentation)
&Mac183; Props Manager (to find pictures, props, etc., for the presentation)
Create a presentation that clearly states your group’s points and convinces your audience to agree with you. Invite another class to come in and role play your audience.
1. Basic classroom materials for writing activities and/or poster making
2. An overhead projector and/or computer with PowerPoint or HyperStudio installed for presentations
3. Optional: word processing equipment for students to type completed assignments (AlphaSmarts, etc.)
This is very flexible depending on how many computers you have in your classroom or lab. Allowing for a 45 minute period each day:
1. You will need approximately one day to set up for this project
2. 4-5 days for researching the topic
3. 2-3 days for individual projects
4. 2-3 days for writing the presentation draft and editing it
5. 2-3 days for planning and designing the presentation
6. 4-5 days for creating the presentation
7. 1 day with an audience for the actual presentation
(It would be best to block out the whole morning or afternoon for this activity.)