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The Path to Maine Lawmaking - Maine Department of the Secretary of State

Teaching Guide and Activities

People to People: Legislating Maine

LESSON 1: OVERVIEW OF LAWMAKING IN MAINE

Learning Outcomes

At the end of Lesson 1 students will be able to

  • describe the process by which a proposed law is adopted.
  • identify the characteristics of an effective citizen.

Class Activity

  • Students will take the pre-test to establish a baseline of knowledge about Maine's legislative process; record scores.
  • Distribute the Student Guide for Viewing the Video .
  • Introduce and view the video.
  • Encourage students to share their general impressions after viewing.

Student Activities

  • Individually or in groups, list 5 questions about state laws that you would like to discuss with your legislators.
  • Using the legislature's website , find the address of the Senator and Representative who represent you in the legislature.
  • Write a letter to one of your legislators about one of the issues that you identified in your list of 5 topics.

Materials

  • Copies of Pre-test
  • Hand-outs of Student Guide for Viewing the Video
  • Person to Person: Legislating Maine video, for use with MediaPlayer or Real Player.
  • Computers with Internet access
  • Folder or notebook for “The Path to Maine Lawmaking”

Assessment

  • Based on their pre-test scores, have students demonstrated general knowledge about lawmaking in Maine?
  • Based on the nature of their questions, have students demonstrated their abilities to see relationships between their daily lives and the activities associated with lawmaking in Maine?
  • Have students successfully located their legislators' addresses?
  • Have students used appropriate letter format?