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AIR POLLUTION IN the Community

Activity 9 (Evaluate): Public Hearing on Banning

Diesel Trucks in the Community

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Activity Summary

In this multi-day final activity, students take on the roles of different stakeholders in order to participate in a state committee hearing on whether or not to ban diesel trucks from traveling through residential communities. After taking on a role, they use their notes and additional resources to research their position. Next, they write a statement for their character. Finally, they hold the hearing, with some students acting as committee members who ask questions, and others reading their statements.

Activity Objectives & Materials

Approximate Time: 2-3 class periods (120-180 minutes)​


  • Students will explore and learn different perspectives on public policy related to air quality

  • Students will make arguments based on evidence about whether or not diesel trucks should be banned in the community



  • Role play stakeholder cards (print out and cut up enough so each student has one)

  • Student computers (optional for research and writing statements)

  • Research materials

  • Presentation rubric

  • Final Vote writing rubric

  • Stakeholder cards


Standards Connection




1. Frame the Activity


2. Introduction the Scenario

3. Identifying Stakeholders


4. Assigning Roles 

5. Researching Roles

6. Writing Statements

7. Preparing for the Hearing

8. Hold the Hearing

9. After the Hearing

10. Casting Their Votes


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Rebecca Davis, Education Manager

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