Drafting Board

Does the influence of interest groups harm or help our political system? Interest groups have recently unleashed the power of massive budgets for political ads, and most people can’t keep up with all of the messages. Students must decide whether interest groups generally inform or mislead voters about important issues. Students will examine reasons and evidence on both sides, and ultimately craft an effective argument for the side they choose. With increasing political influence, this Drafting Board issue frames an important contemporary debate for your students!

All the tools for using Drafting Board successfully are right here!

  • Classroom Materials: Important printable supports for you and your students
  • Teaching Guide & Tips: Advice for working with your class as they use Drafting Board
  • Concepts Activity: Drafting Board's graphic organizers, along with a fun whole-class PowerPoint quiz
  • Product Overview: Start-to-finish overview of Drafting Board (but we suggest trying Drafting Board yourself)

** UPDATE 12/10/2015: We strongly suggest that you plan to have students complete Drafting Board in a single sitting.  Please allow a minimum of 2 hours for students to finish.