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Students will create a brochure aimed at recruiting members of a special interest group. After selecting a group to research from a list that is attached, students will use the Internet to research the group, identify the primary objectives of the group and the group's accomplishments. Students then will publish a brochure aimed at recruiting prospective members.
National Council for Social Studies
NCSS - C.9-12.3 Principles of Democracy
How Does the government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?
Primary Learning Objective(s):
The student will develop extensive knowledge of the organization and objectives of a special interest group currently in existence in the United States.
Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will develop proficiency in the use of a digital publishing tool.
61 to 90 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Students will need a copy of the attached handout listing suggested special interest groups and a copy of the evaluation form for peer evaluations.
Technology Resources Needed:
computer with Internet access
access to a publishing program such as Microsoft Publisher, Broderbund Printshop, Scribus, Adobe InDesign
Students need a brief introduction to the development and function of special interest groups.
Students will be given a list of special interest groups currently in existence in the United States. Although this list is certainly not conclusive, it is a list of some of the more prominent groups.
Divide the class into 6 cooperative learning groups and assign a section of the list to each of the 6 groups. Some groups will need to have a smaller numbers of members depending on the number of special interest groups in that section.
Each cooperative learning group will select a special interest group from within their assigned section. The group member should research that group, visit the website for the group, and identify the following information about the group:
Each student will then develop a brochure using a software program such as Microsoft Publisher (see notes in technology resources) aimed at advertising/recruiting new members for the special interest group. The brochure should include the information the student obtained through research, pictures of the group's activities and the group's logo. Students should print their brochure when completed.
Students should then solicit 5 class members to read/evaluate their brochure completing the attached evaluation form. Class members will then have an opportunity to learn about 5 special interest groups other than the one they selected.
The teacher will complete an evaluation form as well including a score for compiled student evaluations.
The assignment will be evaluated using the Peer Evaluation form and the Teacher Evaluation form that is attached.
Students who wish to learn more about special interest groups may enjoy researching multiple special interest groups and presenting knowledge gained through an informal talk from which the entire class could benefit.
Weak readers or English Language Learners may need to eliminate the inclusion of information on membership in their brochure.
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