Friday, November 03, 2006

Fantasy Congress - Where People Play Politics!

This was just too cool not to pass on. Most of you are likely famililar with Fantasy Football. Well, this is Fantasy Congress. You get to pick 4 congresspeople (is that the right gender neutral plural form?) to be on your "team". You then get points based on how much of their legislation gets passed, which is weighted differently based on some criteria that I don't know.

This would be great with any civics class, but would also be neat for a topical lesson on American politics for a language class. Even for foreign languages, there's nothing your students will have to do more of in a foreign country than talk about American politics :)


Ioana said...

Actually this reminds me of something one of my classmates in another course told us. It's like a debate between teams representing different countries and they have to propose a plan/ a law which would benefit their country and should be convincing enough so that they get their proposal voted by the other "countries". Apparently this is also the object of some big international competitions. My classmate took part in one for Russian language. I forgot how it's called though.

Dan said...

That would be a great activity for learns. It could be used in the context of a mock-UN as well.


Janine said...

This is a great addition in the "authentic tasks" category of classroom activities. Lots of possibilities here for critical thinking and developing concepts.

Dan said...

Yes, I absolutely agree. Not to mention the fact that many of us Americans just don't know enough about our own political system.


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