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36 Public Policy Questions to Energize Your Government/History Classroom Debates
Need topics that are sure to engage your debaters? This list of public policy questions includes such topics as school mascots, regulation of major league baseball, physician-assisted suicide, and violence in video games. A great...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
7th Grade Social Studies: Test Release Items
Test release items can be a big help for getting the class ready for the end of the year state exams. Prep your 7th graders with 30 release questions in PowerPoint form. Questions cover US government/civics, US geography, and US history.
7th Social Studies & History
America 2000: Federal Round Table Discussion
Eighth graders examine the United States Constitution and identify the beliefs and values Americans follow today. In groups, they compare and contrast state's rights and federal rights and the issues affecting them. They debate the...
8th Social Studies & History
Deficit and Debt Ceiling
Leave your class with a clear understanding of the difference between the federal deficit and debt, the effects of raising the debt ceiling in order to fund borrowing costs, and the risks of defaulting on governmental obligations, such...
10 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
American Government: Does a State Have the Legal/Constitutional Right to Secede from the Union?
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Is the Fed Public or Private?
The Federal Reserve System as a decentralized central bank can be a difficult concept for learners to grasp. Help them get a firm handle on this concept using this resource, in which class members work as a group to identify the...
1 min 11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Political Parties and Conventions
Next time you cover political parties in your government class, don't just watch a political convention, host one! After learning about the history and structure of political parties through a thorough PowerPoint presentation, learners...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Proposed Treatment to Fix Genetic Diseases Raises Ethical Issues
Should genetic scientists be permitted to alter mtDNA to eliminate birth defects? That is the question examined in Rob Stein's article for NPR that explores the ethical issues raised by this research.
7th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Exploring Enumerated and Implied Powers
Here is a most-impressive resource on implied powers that were established under the Marshall Court. Learners examine the court's interpretation of Article 1 in McCullough vs. Maryland. They also analyze the Constitution in order to see...
10th - 12th English Language Arts
The Roots of Prohibition: Examining the Effort to Prohibit Alcohol in America
Five segements from Ken Burns' documentary series Prohibition, easily accessed on the PBS website, are at the center of a terrific short unit on the roots of America's ambivalent relationship with alcohol. Engage your secondary class...
9th - 12th 21st Century Skills
Greece and Rome Architecture Reflected in Federal Buildings Thinking Routine
Compare ancient and modern architecture by asking your historians to view photographs or slides of Roman and Greek architecture. They will complete a 3 circle Venn diagram labeled "Ancient Greece," "Rome," and "Modern Day United States,"...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts