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Making Civics Real Workshop 3: Public Policy & the Federal Budget  
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Lesson Plan: Teaching the Lesson: Activity 5

Activity 5. Groups Revise Budgets

Direct the groups to revise their budgets and presentations based on two factors: what they learned from other students’ presentations (Are there areas they forgot? Did they hear arguments that persuaded them to change their allocations?) and funding that has been previously committed, e.g., entitlements. Students should consider spending precedents as well as the concept of incrementalism. (In the lesson, no mention is made of the option to raise or lower taxes. Consider adding this option to the assignment.)

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