If you want your class to participate in a mock council, you could:
- arrange a mock council with another class in your school or with a class in another school. You could use the Model City Council Facebook page to find a class that is interested.
- arrange a more formal mock council at
- the city’s Council Chambers (arrange through the City Council office). Classes have used the Council Chambers in the past.
- the school district’s board meeting room or
- some other special venue. The University of New Mexico has facilities that would lend verisimilitude to the proceedings.
- arrange with a journalism or other class to “cover” the Mock Council, including taking pictures, possibly for the Model City Council Facebook page or school newspaper.
Teacher Check List for Mock Council
- Arrange with another teacher or school to hold a mock council. Determine a time and location.
- Determine who will play the role of councilors (up to 9).
- Determine who will play the role of council president.
- Determine who will play the role of the sponsor of MC-05-20 (curfew bill).
- Decide if you want anyone to play the role of the press at the meeting and what they will do. Can this be arranged with a journalism or media or language arts teacher, possibly as an extra-credit opportunity?
- Determine who will play the role of the recorder. A teacher could play this role. The recorder
- will collect names of the public who wish to speak.
- keep track of the time allotted for each speaker and announce when the three minutes is up.
- could also collect proposed amendments to the bill.
- could also record what happens at the meeting as minutes.