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I. Describe the circumstances surrounding the FBI's creation and the ways in which its responsibilities have changed over time.
II. Develop a report that outlines how one becomes an FBI Special Agent and what the duties of a Special Agent are.
III. Summarize a current news issue that falls under the purview of FBI investigation by describing how the FBI plays a role in the issue at hand.
IV. Use specific information on the FBI's roles as obtained from the FBI Web site.
Allow small groups of students to use the Internet to locate the department that contains the FBI.
Direct students to the White House Web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/. Direct them to click on the Citizen's Interactive Handbook and then on "the President's cabinet" link. The Web address for this activity is http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/cabinet.html.
Students should click on the various cabinet departments until they find the one that answers each of the questions.
1) What is the title of the head of the FBI?
2) The head of the FBI has to answer to which government official (in other words, what is the position that is the boss of the head of the FBI)?
3) Who is the boss of the answer to Question Number 2?
4) In what branch of government is the FBI?
5) Why is the FBI a part of this branch of government?
Create a diagram that illustrates the position of the FBI in the Federal Government and include the heads of the departments you show in your diagram.
All of the student activities that involve Internet access can be found on the student worksheet at the end of the teacher information in this lesson.
A) Distribute worksheet packet to students. Instruct them to complete the sections you assign to them individually or in groups.
B) Review assigned sections with students when they have completed their research.