The Legislative Assembly
The main purpose of this WebQuest is to answer one BIG QUESTION: “What Should Be Done about Child Soldiers?” Once all the teams have developed their recommendations to help answer this question, each team gives a presentation. The rest of the class acts as a legislative assembly, deciding which policy recommendations to adopt. NOTE: If your teacher is using a rubric to assess your work, make sure you get a copy of it before finalizing your team’s presentation.
Each presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period, where the rest of the class is allowed to ask questions or make comments about the policy recommendations that have been presented. Anticipate what some of those questions may be, and prepare the members of your team to answer them.
After the Question and Answer period, your team should meet to discuss whether it wants to make changes in its policy recommendations, based on the feedback it received from the rest of the class.
Once all of the presentations are made, and all teams have had a chance to make revisions in their policy recommendations, the class has to combine all the policy recommendations into one document. That document should then be distributed to everyone in your class.
Finalizing the Policy
You and your class will then decide if you want to accept the policy recommendations as it is, or open the final document up for debate. If you decide to continue the debate, you will need to come up with procedures for when to end the debate, how to put the document to a final vote, and what level of consensus needs to be reached to adopt the policy’s recommendations.
Felicity O. Yost. Source:
Marie, In the Shadow of the Lion, by Jerry Piasecki. ©
United Nations, 2001