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Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)
How did Clarence Earl Gideon use the Sixth Amendment to argue his right to a lawyer? Class members learn about the landmark Supreme Court case, and then complete a worksheet matching rights listed in the Bill of Rights with cases that...
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Banking 15: More on the Fed Funds Rate
Going deeper into the concept of the Federal Funds Rate, this video guides viewers through the process of inter-bank lending, much like the previous video (Banking 14). Sal's easygoing approach is simple to understand and fun to watch.
12 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math
Federalism and the Division of Power US Civics
Learners examine current events to identify levels of power in government. In this federalism lesson plan, students define federalism by writing examples and drawing a graphic. Learners write lecture notes and determine which examples...
8th - 9th Social Studies & History
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
The Structure of Tribal Leadership
Students identify functions of tribal government, create a diagram of tribal structure, write a summary of research findings and give an oral presentation. In this structure of tribal leadership lesson, students research tribal...
7th - 8th 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