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CRHS_Civics 9 Public Policy Research_Team: 1. Task Definition

Understand your Responsibilities


Ask, "What's the task?  What types of information do I need?"

Think about the final product you will need to create, and consider what special requirements you need to follow! 


Topic Choices for 2015-'16

School funding

Death penalty

Police brutality

Minimum wage

Privacy (cyber/digital)

Equal pay for equal work

Video game violence




Water shortage

Animal testing

Climate change

Gun control

NASA funding

Iran nuclear deal

Transgender rights

Wildlife protection


School safety

Legalization of marijuana 

Task Details for Your Project

Public Policy Issue Research Project


You and your partner(s) will research your assigned public policy topic.  Each of you will write up your own findings in a 4-part paper. Use the directions below to explain your issue and resolution to the problem. This is a persuasive paper. Use evidence to support your viewpoint. Any week that you finish before the end of the hour, work ahead -look at the agenda for the following week. Any week you do NOT finish the  assignment, consider it to be homework!

Week 1:

Class time -large group brainstorm of current government issues. Choose the 8 most interesting topics to you. Put them in rank order of preference.


Week 2:

Topics and partners are assigned.

Ms. Geiger guest teacher! She will talk about the research process and the available resources. Begin exploring both sides of the issue.

Discuss your findings with your partner and come to a consensus about the approach you both think that the government should take--based on your initial research!

By the end of the hour you and your partner should have a Resolution statement ready and approved by your teacher.


Week 3: Research and answer questions (a)-(e). Use statistics, data, and expert opinions to support your answers (research)!

(a) Introduce the subject

(b) Why is it a controversy?  What are the sides to the issue?

(c) What is the background or history related to the issue?  Help us understand it!

(d) Provide support, evidence and data showing that it is a problem.

(e) Who are the stakeholders?  In other words, who are the people who will benefit or be hurt by the change?  Or, who are the people interested in the cause?


Week 4: Research and answer questions (a)-(c). When finished begin explaining how your proposal is different from, adds to or the current government policy. Ms. Geiger will again come in to talk about source citations.

(a) What is the Government’s current policy on the issue?

(b) What is working or not working with the policy.  Be specific and provide data/stats/FACTS.

(c)   Explain your resolution to the problem. Why are you proposing this solution to the problem or issue?  How will it impact the issue? What will change?


Week 5:  Answer the following questions again use evidence to support your arguments.  

(a)   What are other options for solving the problem?  (Acknowledge the other side.)

(b) Why is your solution better?

     (1) Provide evidence/data/statistics supporting your viewpoint.

     (2) Provide analysis of each piece of evidence. Explain why/how each piece of evidence/data/statistics supports your proposed solution.

i. What will change?

ii. What evidence do you have to show that it will be better?

iii. Who (researchers/public figures) supports your proposal? Why?

iv. Who does not support your proposal? Why?

(c)  Close the argument and persuade the audience to adopt your proposal by restating the problem and recap the various positions on the issue. Explain why your solution is the best solution to the problem/issue.