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Fantasy Congress: It’s for Real
Unformatted Document Text:  Appendix A. Student Handout for “Fantasy Congress” Class Activity Congress POLS 327 Fantasy Congress: fantasycongress.com Tentative Fantasy Congress Assignments: (Please check for updated versions on Blackboard). Throughout the semester: Play the game online: draft members (15 in all), trade members, follow your points, etc. While selecting your team you may want to consider the following assignments when thinking about strategy. The student with the highest number of points at the end of the course [the last day of class] will receive a two point bonus applied to their final grade. Strategies for choosing members: the home-state team, the all R/D team, the Meet The Press team, the powerful committee members, or members who address a special interest of yours (you plan to go to law school and pick members of the two Judiciary committees; you or someone you know is a Veteran and you pick members of Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services; you are tired of high gas prices and you pick a couple of members from the Energy committees, etc). Think about who you are selecting and make sure they will be interesting to you. Keep a portfolio: Most of these assignments will be collected on the date I ask you to complete them. Once I hand them back to you, please keep all of them in a folder or binder for me to recollect at the end of the semester. Tuesday, January 23 Watch TV! Please turn in a C-SPAN journal with at least five entries. Watch a few minutes of C-SPAN at least five times over the course of a week and type a one to two sentence summary of what you observed. Please do this during live Capital activities. Thursday, January 25 Library Workshop. Please meet in CCLIR, room 215. By class time, all students must draft their 15 members of Congress. Tuesday, January 30 Know your members. Photocopy information for each of your members including: where they are from, characteristics of their district, how long they have served, committee membership , etc. Thursday, February 1 Information on first election. For two of your team members [one Senator, one Representative] write a paragraph each on how he or she became a candidate. What was 15

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Appendix A.
Student Handout for “Fantasy Congress” Class Activity
Congress
POLS 327
Fantasy Congress: fantasycongress.com

Tentative Fantasy Congress Assignments:
(Please check for updated versions on Blackboard).

Throughout the semester:
Play the game online: draft members (15 in all), trade members, follow your points, etc.
While selecting your team you may want to consider the following assignments when
thinking about strategy. The student with the highest number of points at the end of the
course [the last day of class] will receive a two point bonus applied to their final grade.

Strategies for choosing members: the home-state team, the all R/D team, the Meet The
Press team, the powerful committee members, or members who address a special interest
of yours (you plan to go to law school and pick members of the two Judiciary
committees; you or someone you know is a Veteran and you pick members of Veterans’
Affairs and Armed Services; you are tired of high gas prices and you pick a couple of
members from the Energy committees, etc). Think about who you are selecting and
make sure they will be interesting to you.

Keep a portfolio: Most of these assignments will be collected on the date I ask you to
complete them. Once I hand them back to you, please keep all of them in a folder or
binder for me to recollect at the end of the semester.

Tuesday, January 23
Watch TV! Please turn in a C-SPAN journal with at least five entries. Watch a few
minutes of C-SPAN at least five times over the course of a week and type a one to two
sentence summary of what you observed. Please do this during live Capital activities.

Thursday, January 25
Library Workshop. Please meet in CCLIR, room 215.
By class time, all students must draft their 15 members of Congress.

Tuesday, January 30
Know your members. Photocopy information for each of your members including:
where they are from, characteristics of their district, how long they have served,
committee membership , etc.

Thursday, February 1
Information on first election. For two of your team members [one Senator, one
Representative] write a paragraph each on how he or she became a candidate. What was
15


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