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Teaching American Political Institutions Using Role-playing Simulations
Unformatted Document Text:  32 Witness list: Mr. Richard Doerflinger Deputy Director Deputy Director, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Dr. Laurie Zoloth Director / Professor, Center for Genetic Medicine / Northwestern University Dr. George Daley Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Children's Hospital / Harvard School of Medicine Dr. Marc Hedrick President, Macropore Biosurgery Dr. David Prentice Senior Fellow, Family Research Council (an organization affiliated with the Christian Right) (You may call on the witnesses in any order you choose.) Groups 2-6: Representatives of Interest Groups Instructions: Read the following testimony that was delivered at an actual Senate Commerce Committee hearing. You may want to divide up the reading among the members of your group and report back to each other on what you read. Your task is to develop your own 2-3 minute testimony that you will deliver to the Subcommittee either supporting, opposing, or suggesting changes to the attached legislation. You don’t have to go into great detail in your testimony, but you should faithfully represent the position of the person whose role you are playing. (Please do not simply repeat his testimony verbatim, however). As you develop your testimony, you may want to consider the questions below. You will have 20 minutes to discuss the issues raised in the attached testimony and to develop your own statement. At the end of this time, the ―witness‖ for your group will have up to 3 minutes to deliver your statement to the Subcommittee. After we have heard from all of the groups, the Subcommittee will ask up to two questions of each group. Do your best to answer each question, but don’t worry if you get stumped – I don’t expect you to be an expert on this subject in such a short period of time. Finally, at the end of the questioning period, the Subcommittee will take 5-10 minutes to deliberate and vote on the legislation as written. Depending on how much interest there is in this topic, we may continue the simulation in two weeks in greater detail when we discuss Congress. Roles: (1) Facilitator: This person is in charge of keeping the discussion moving and making sure that you consider all sides of the issue. (2) Recorder: This person will take notes of your discussion and write the final version of your testimony. (3) Witness: This person will actually read the testimony out loud to the Subcommittee. (4) Respondent: This person will answer any questions that are asked by the Subcommittee. (If there are only three people in your group, the facilitator should also act as the recorder.) Issues to consider: (1) What is your position on the legislation – do you support it outright, support it with changes, or oppose it outright? Why? Be specific. (2) Who do you represent? Why should the committee care about the people you represent?

Authors: Gonzales, Angelo.
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Witness list:

Mr. Richard Doerflinger
Deputy Director Deputy Director, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dr. Laurie Zoloth
Director / Professor, Center for Genetic Medicine / Northwestern University

Dr. George Daley
Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Children's
Hospital / Harvard School of Medicine

Dr. Marc Hedrick
President, Macropore Biosurgery

Dr. David Prentice
Senior Fellow, Family Research Council (an organization affiliated with the Christian Right)

(You may call on the witnesses in any order you choose.)
Groups 2-6: Representatives of Interest Groups

Instructions: Read the following testimony that was delivered at an actual Senate Commerce Committee
hearing. You may want to divide up the reading among the members of your group and report back to
each other on what you read. Your task is to develop your own 2-3 minute testimony that you will
deliver to the Subcommittee either supporting, opposing, or suggesting changes to the attached
legislation. You don’t have to go into great detail in your testimony, but you should faithfully represent
the position of the person whose role you are playing. (Please do not simply repeat his testimony
verbatim, however). As you develop your testimony, you may want to consider the questions below.

You will have 20 minutes to discuss the issues raised in the attached testimony and to develop your own
statement. At the end of this time, the ―witness‖ for your group will have up to 3 minutes to deliver your
statement to the Subcommittee. After we have heard from all of the groups, the Subcommittee will ask
up to two questions of each group. Do your best to answer each question, but don’t worry if you get
stumped – I don’t expect you to be an expert on this subject in such a short period of time. Finally, at the
end of the questioning period, the Subcommittee will take 5-10 minutes to deliberate and vote on the
legislation as written. Depending on how much interest there is in this topic, we may continue the
simulation in two weeks in greater detail when we discuss Congress.

Roles:
(1) Facilitator: This person is in charge of keeping the discussion moving and making sure that you
consider all sides of the issue.
(2) Recorder: This person will take notes of your discussion and write the final version of your testimony.
(3) Witness: This person will actually read the testimony out loud to the Subcommittee.
(4) Respondent: This person will answer any questions that are asked by the Subcommittee.
(If there are only three people in your group, the facilitator should also act as the recorder.)

Issues to consider:
(1) What is your position on the legislation – do you support it outright, support it with changes, or
oppose it outright? Why? Be specific.
(2) Who do you represent? Why should the committee care about the people you represent?


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