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Making Civics Real Workshop 4: Constitutional Convention  
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Lesson Plan: Teaching the Lesson: Activity 2

Activity 2: Rules for Convention

Begin the day with a full-class discussion of the level of support that will be required to adopt provisions for the constitution (e.g., majority, plurality, modified runoff) and some rules for debate. You may also need to set some rules on how these procedural matters will be determined. It is recommended that these be decided by a simple majority on the procedural question and by a plurality in the content area so that the class does not get bogged down before they get to the real issues. Matt Johnson’s class, which has 25 students, decided on majority rule and limiting debate to 30 seconds per speaker.

Overview, Goals, and Planning     |     Introduction     |     Activity 1
Activity 2     |     Activity 3     |     Activity 4     |     Scheduling and Adaptations


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