As Senate Subcommittee team members, your role will be to research current legislation on cloning. You will be the experts on any new laws being proposed by either the state or federal governments. You also need to keep an eye on public opinion.
Your first job is to decide which group members will be responsible for each task. This is an important task. You will want to match your group member's strengths and resources to their role. (Example: A group member with Internet access at home would be an excellent choice for the Internet Research Team.)
It is very important that your team members keep their eyes on the main target question:
What government policy should be established to regulate cloning?
From the perspective of an expert in politics, your vision of the ideal policy may be significantly different than an expert in economics. Identify what you believe is the single most important issue that the government should address in a cloning bill.
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Now create three "support questions" that you will need to investigate before the answer to the "big question" is clear.
Brainstorm a list of the types of resources/information that you think would be useful to gain greater insight into cloning.
Below you will find several questions that you must answer, and in addition, you will be asked to investigate the major issue that you identified in the previous activity.Visit the cloning resources page to get a quick start on your investigation. You will be assessed on your information processing skills. You must:
Here are your questions:
As a politician, you need to get a feel for how the US public is feeling about cloning. What seems to be the mood of the people? Explain why you reached your conclusion. Can you identify a difference in opinion in whole-body cloning vs. organ cloning?
What federal and state laws are currently in place that regulate cloning?
Find an artifact that describes how cloning is being viewed internationally. What seems to be the point of view from the international community?
How will your stance on cloning effect your reelection?
Look back at your "support questions", and choose the one that your group feels is critical to the success of your project. Use the resources to answer it.
It is time for your team to share what it has learned about cloning. You have become an expert on your role's point of view, and the people attending the Cloning Summit need to learn about cloning from your perspective. Your team will be given ten minutes to explain how the proposed Human Cloning Prohibition Act should be expanded or maintained, and you must explain your reasoning. Be sure that you clearly identify both your major issue and the support questions. Pictures, video & audio clips, and quotes from your research can only strengthen your presentation.
It is your job to present your perspective effectively. If you choose to do a PowerPoint presentation, it is your responsibility to make sure the program will work before the day of the Cloning Summit. If you are not using PowerPoint, you may create a butcher paper mural, or you may choose to create a video presentation. Be creative. You may want to take a quick look at a grading rubric that describes an excellent presentation.
To assist your group in developing a solid presentation.
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