Every year, when I teach the Legislative Branch, I feel like I discuss the filibuster the same exact way.
- Students will view an instructional video concerning the composition of and lawmaking process in the Senate.
- Students will take notes on the video on a Google Doc assigned by me through Google Classroom (this allows me to keep better track of students’ note-taking).
- When all students have completed the video, we will play a cumulative Kahoot! review game (I’ve been adding questions to a Kahoot! review game after every video the students have watched for this unit).
- After the students have proved they understand the main concepts discussed in the video (through the review game), they will post suggestions for bills the United States Senate should hear to a Padlet wall I created for the activity.
- When all students have proposed at least one idea, the students will discuss their proposed bills in front of the “Senate,” their classmates.
- Prior to the discussion of bills, I will choose 2/5 + 1 of the students and instruct them to oppose any effort to close discussion on the bill, which would lead to a vote. These students will create the cloture-proof minority…in effect filibustering the bill.