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A Sprawl Commission Investigation



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Growing Pains A Sprawl Commission Investigation by Fran O Malley The Democracy Project Institute for Public Administration University of Delaware The Democracy Project 2006 1 Acknowledgments A huge thank you to Ed O Donnell for his review and recommendations Ed is a Policy Scientist and Instructor at the University of Delaware s Institute for Public Administration Ed specializes in public sector planning Information used in the development of this lesson was drawn from a special series in News Journal written by Cris Barrish and Merritt Wallick The articles appeared between April 2 6 2006 The Democracy Project 2006 2 Growing Pains A Sprawl Commission Investigation by Fran O Malley The Democracy Project Lesson Description This lesson features a simulated commission that has been charged with the task of making recommendations for dealing with issues surrounding sprawl The lesson is designed to promote an understanding of the processes of working within a commission engaged in examining public policy Grade 9 12 Time Required 2 3 class periods Benchmark s Addressed Civics Standard 4 Participation Students will understand the process of working within a commission engaged in examining public policy Essential Questions Addressed What are the roles of a commission and how do they fulfill their responsibilities How might citizens participate effectively in a commission engaged in examining public policy How might those who develop public policy deal with the issues surrounding sprawl Enduring Understanding The process of working within commissions usually involves the processes of information gathering Delaware Social Studies Clarification Document Vocabulary public policy development sprawl ecosystem Materials Class Copies of Handout 1 Background Information on Deltaware Class Copies of Handout 2 Map of the State of Deltaware Copies of Handout 3 Simulation Roles cut out the various roles and make the role descriptions available to those who are playing them Copies of



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