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Use this economic activity to focus on writing summaries of informational text. First, middle schoolers define common economic terms used to describe news about the economy. They closely read news about the federal budget deficit and present their findings in order to better explain the fundamental questions underlying current economic policy.
Students investigate some basic facts about the Supreme Court by examining the United States Constitution and one of the landmark cases decided by that court. The operation of the Supreme Court forms the focus of the lesson.
Students discover the responsibilities of the Civilian Conservation Corps. In this New Deal lesson, students analyze the impact that the inclusion of African Americans in the Civilian Conservation Corps made on race relations in the United States. Students review several primary documents to determine the impact in order to write an essay on the topic.
In this online interactive history learning exercise, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about the U.S. Constitution. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive learning exercise.
Students examine the controversies over slavery's expansion and how the federal tariffs further entrenched the dividing line between northern and southern interests.
Students examine the Social Security Act of 1935. In this U.S. history lesson, students research primary sources in order to prepare for a mock debate of the act prior to it becoming legislation.
Students discuss the Constitution of the United States and its amendments, then apply this discussion by creating a "Who should Decide What?" list, based upon their ideas about whether controversial issues such as abortion and medical marijuana should be
Students examine how the government is financed through taxation. They listen to a teacher-led lecture and read a handout, conduct Internet research, and develop a graph demonstrating sources of revenue for local and state governments.
Students determine the role of each branch of government in a system of checks and balances. They demonstrate the role of the judiciary in American government
Students use this lesson to familiarize themselves with the process of banking and the role of banks. In groups, they discover how a fractional reserve bank operates and how the Federal Reserve effects interest rates and the amount of money available in the economy.
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. 
Learners assume identities of lawmakers, judges, writers, and protestors during times in American history when freedoms of speech and press were limited because country was on the brink of war or fighting one. Students use primary source documents to evaluate issues of freedom of speech and the press versus national security and public safety, and draft new constitutional amendment that clearly defines government's powers in times of national crisis.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the U.S. Constitution. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Young scholars explore the impact of the Federal Reserve Bank. In this central bank lesson, students read specific selections out of their textbooks about the history of the bank and its role in the U.S economy. Young scholars then select 1 of 7 extension activities to complete.
Students examine the impact of hurricanes on people and government agencies. They describe the current weather, explore various websites, read and discuss articles, complete a crossword puzzle, and complete a media comparison chart.
Young scholars identify and describe the need for taxation at three different government levels (federal, state, and local) and the three kinds of taxes that pay for services. They describe the basic structure and purpose of each tax (income, sales, and property).
Students access prior knowledge of infrared rays, ultraviolet rays, gamma rays, x-rays and cosmic waves. In this electromagnetic waves lesson, students hold a mock trial electromagnetic spectrum. Students present characteristics of the various wave types and their position in the spectrum and debate over whether government should control them. Students complete a table to aid in presentations.
High schoolers read fact sheets and compare different malls and stores on how they compete for consumers. In this competition lesson plan, students learn about the role of the Federal Trade Commission and the goods and services they provide in order to reel in consumers.

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