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Eighth graders explore the Federal Reserve System. In this Economics lesson, 8th graders investigate the current economic issues and the role the Federal Reserve plays in our economy. Students read and discuss current events and create an economic time capsule the documents their economic state.
Young scholars continue their examination of the United States Constitution. Using the text, they discover where the power for the government came from and why it was needed. They are introduced to the concept of Federalism and discuss the difficulty in allocating certain powers.
Middle schoolers discover where taxation money is collected from by the three levels of government. They predict the types of taxes they might have to pay in the years to come. Using the internet, they find the sales tax in their state and examine the United States debt clock.
High schoolers determine how suburbs changed America. In this post World War II lesson, students complete research projects that require them to examine the growth of suburbs in the 1950's and 1960's. High schoolers reveal how government policies, cultural ideology, and the national interstate highway system contributed the successes and failures of suburban life in America.
Learners examine the role of the government in providing services to the citizens of America. Using the text of the Constitution, they describe the justification of taxing citizens to provide services. They identify services that are provided by the government and discuss how appropriate it is for tax money to be funding them.
Learners evaluate the role labor groups had on the U.S. Government in the early 1900's. In this teaching American history lesson, students complete several activities, including response writing and listening to music, that reinforce what the have learned about early 20th Century labor movements.
Students explore the meaning behind some of the language in our Constitution and the common benefits that our federal taxes support. They also research specific examples of services that are funded by federal tax revenues and debate whether these should be paid for through federal or state and local money.
Explore Congressional debate and the legality of gay marriage. The class will examine the history of the debate in Congress and explore how Congressional members balance their personal opinions of issues with the views and needs of their constituents. While this is a sensitive topic for some and may not be appropriate for every learner, this lesson is very well done.
Students examine markets, international trade, and the role of government in international trade. After reviewing articles on the Governor of Nebraska's recent trade missions, they discuss in small groups their opinions of whether or not they believe government officials should be making these visits.
Helpful for an American literature or history unit, this lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine slavery in the United States. They read slave narratives that were part of the Federal Writers' Project and then conduct their own research on slavery in the nation. After, they write descriptive stories that reflect what they learned in their research.
Fourth graders research and analyze how people create and change structures of power, authority and government diversity. They review their civic responsibilities. In addition, they identity the major responsibilities of local, state, tribal and federal government with technology as the vehicle.
In order to understand the complicated nature of slave laws during the Civil War, learners compare and contrast an abolitionist poster and a runaway slave ad. They use an attached worksheet to consider each primary source document, then compose a written response that describes how people in the North and South resist slavery.