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How Can the American Government Better Fulfill Its Purposes?
Purpose of the Lesson
In this lesson, you will be asked to tally and analyze the responses to the questionnaires you have gathered. You will then be asked to evaluate, take, and defend positions on how well you think the American government is fulfilling its responsibilities as set forth in the Preamble. Finally, you will be asked to propose actions that the government should undertake to remedy what you consider to be shortcomings in the fulfillment of its purposes.
Bring your completed questionnaires to class and tally the responses to the questions. Then take the following steps.
Taking a position
Working alone or with a small group, write a brief statement explaining how well you think the American government is fulfilling its purposes as set forth in the Preamble. Be prepared to present and defend your essay in class and to evaluate the other presentations.
If you have identified any shortcomings in how well the American government is fulfilling its purposes, select one and write a brief essay proposing what you think the government should do to better fulfill the purpose. Be prepared to present and discuss your statement with your class.
View results to learn how other Americans throughout the nation answered the questionnaire. Compare your class’s results with the national results. Why might they be different? Why might they be the same?