A Congressional Hearing

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Susan Cheng writes, How much does our class of 5th and 6th graders know about the Constitution?

How much does our class of 5th and 6th graders know about the Constitution? That’s what we found out on February 12, 2009. That day we had a Congressional Hearing. Three people served as judges. These people were Judge Elizabeth Weishaupl, Representative Frank McNulty, and Social Studies coordinator Ms. Megan Brown. The Congressional Hearing was about the Constitution.Our class split up into five teams. Every group had a certain topic about the Constitution. The topics ranged from the ideas in the Constitution to how the Constitution was formed. Before the Congressional Hearing, everybody had to write a statement answering a question about their topic. Each team had to have four to six statements. There were five to six people in the teams. We each had six minutes to share all of our statements, and then the judges had four minutes to ask the team question about their topic. This Congressional Hearing was a great way to learn about the Constitution. It also taught our class how to make speeches mean a lot in a few words. We also learned how to think on the spot to answer questions. I would say this experience earned four out of five stars. Overall, this Congressional Hearing was very educational.

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