1. Divide the class into three groups; environment, coal industry and nuclear
Students will search websites to find groups that represent
their assigned interest.
a. Suggest students begin with the general website at: http://www.politicalindex.com/sect10.htm
b. Have students search for interest groups on their own or have
them use the recommended sites listed above.
c. Students should identify and research two different interest groups in
order to complete the profile worksheet.
Name of interest group:
2. Purpose or mission statement:
3. What are some issues that this organization
4. List examples of lobbying techniques used by
5. How successful has this organization been? Give
examples of their accomplishments.
6. Would you join this organization? Why or why not?
1. Students will meet in groups by their assigned interest: environment, coal
industry and nuclear industry to share their interest group profiles. Groups
should compile a list of names of interest groups and lobbying techniques.
Lead a class discussion where the groups will share the information they
a) The teacher will list the names of all of the interest groups and lobbying
strategies found through the student research by creating a “T” chart
on the board. Create two columns on the board and list the students’ responses
under the appropriate category.
Students will discuss: which interest groups seem to
be the most successful? Why do you think this is?
Student profiles should show evidence of research as well as student understanding
of the lobbying process.