1. Write a short essay answering the questions below. Back up your opinions with evidence (facts, anecdotal information, expert testimonials, etc.)
2. Observe legislative proceedings (online, nightly coverage, newspaper reports) and keep a diary of daily happenings. What legislation was discussed? What was the outcome? What did you observe about the legislative process? How can you use the information youve gathered or insight youve gained from what youve observed?
3. Observe or listen to legislative proceedings and determine which types of evidence speakers (Representatives or Senators or citizens testifying during committee meetings) use for credibility when presenting their arguments in favor of or opposition to a piece of legislation. Determine if the speaker is using:
4. Determine which types of arguments a speaker is using to make their point:
5. Describe South Dakotas lawmaking process and identify ways in which citizens can become involved in that process.
6. Select a piece of legislation of interest to you. Write one letter to the editor presenting opinions and evidence supporting the legislation. Write a second letter presenting opinions and evidence in opposition to the legislation.
7. Select a piece of legislation of interest to the class. Design and conduct a poll of students and parents to determine where your community stands on passage of this bill. Tabulate and evaluate the results. Develop a newspaper article summarizing the results of the poll and informal feedback from poll participants.