This activity can be used with any of the FRONTLINE programs related to terrorism.
This activity will provide students an opportunity to:
Invite your senator or congressional representative to view one of the FRONTLINE programs with you. In light of what students learn from the film, ask the representative to explain U.S. foreign policy. If your political representatives can't join you, follow up classroom viewing by asking students to develop a list of questions for their representatives. Send the questions to the appropriate offices along with a copy of the tape and request for response. You may also consider arranging a live chat via phone or the Internet.
After viewing, have students investigate how their congressional representatives voted on related foreign policy legislation. Assign students to write letters expressing their own opinions on those votes.
U.S. House of Representatives
16. Understands the major responsibilities of the national government for domestic and foreign policy, and understands how government is financed through taxation
19. Understands what is meant by "the public agenda," how it is set, and how it is influenced by public opinion and the media
20. Understands the roles of political parties, campaigns, elections, and associations and groups in American politics
21. Understands the formation and implementation of public policy
22. Understands how the world is organized politically into nation-states, how nation-states interact with one another, and issues surrounding U.S. foreign policy
28. Understands how participation in civic and political life can help citizens attain individual and public goals
29. Understands the importance of political leadership, public service, and a knowledgeable citizenry in American constitutional democracy
2. Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing
3. Uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions
4. Gathers and uses information for research purposes
8. Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes