Monday, July 30, 2007

WtP: Student Congressional Hearings

The Institute participants had the opportunity to experience two groups of students engaged in an end-of-program congressional hearing.

The first presentation was by fifth grade students lead by Mr. Andrew Morris of Spanish Springs Elementary Schools. They presented on Unit Two: How did the framers write our Constitution?, though some of the students practiced for different units during the last school year.

The second presentation was by Mrs. Angela Orr's twelfth grade students from Damonte Ranch Middle/High School. Uniquely, this group was small so each student had to prepare for two units. Despite this challenge, they won the state competition and advanced to the national competition. They spoke on Unit Five, Question One ("Why have the first amendment rights been viewed as essential to the functioning of a free society?").

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