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Compromise is the Key
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government lesson plan, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
Let your learners be the judges for a series of case studies that focus on broadcast codes in Canada. In order to familiarize your class with the codes and guidelines that govern the broadcasting industry, in particular Canada's broadcasting industry, class members study the codes. Small groups then read a case study, make a ruling, and cite code to support their decision. This comprehensive plan includes every resource you need!
The Impact of the IWW on the Nation or Who were the Wobblies?
Students 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.
A Mock Constitutional Convention
High schoolers step into the shoes of the framers of the United States Constitution to analyze and evaluate the social, political, economic and geographical forces that shaped the United States Constitution.
Lesson Plan: Knowledge is Power
Students participate in a mock Congress simulation. In this legislative branch lesson, students explore the concept of seniority as well as Congressional committee functions as they participate in a classroom simulation.
The Job of a Congress Member
Students identify the constitutional responsibilities and qualifications for Congress members. They brainstorm the ideal Congressperson and critique their own member in office.
American Justice on Trial
Learners role play a trial in which they consider if the United States government violated the rights of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor.
Students write about their opinions on civil rights based on their research of the Freedom Riders of 1961. In this Freedom Riders lesson plan, students analyze primary and secondary sources of the people who were often beaten simply because they tried to ride the bus.
The Great Compromise -- A House Divided
Students create their own solution to the problem of representation encountered at the Constitutional Convention and research the historical Great Compromise. They create a cartoon depiction of the final compromise.
2, 4, 6, 8 . . . Who Knows What's in Article I, Section 8?
Students read Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution and create a poem, rap, cheer, or song that presents the powers of Congress creatively. As a wrap-up, students justify which Congressional powers they believe are most important.
Powers of Congress
Have your class fill out this comprehension sheet while reading about the powers of Congress. There are ten multiple choice questions focused on the rights, powers, and limitations of Congressional law.
The Power of One
Students study the principles on which Canada was founded. They examine the elements that affect federal and provincial policy making. They identify and evaluate various strategies for influencing public policies. They create a visual that has the power to impress others and sway them towards their opinion on a current public issue.
Congress and Gay Marriage
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.
Building A Nation
Students build their own nation in groups where they create a name, flag, declaration of independence, form of government, mathematical layout, and more. In this nation lesson plan, students also provide a scale drawing of their nation using metric units.
Westward Expansion (1807-1912)
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 46 multiple choice questions about Westward Expansion. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students examine the history of Canadian settlement through an interactive program. They learn why some parts of the country where more heavily populated than others. They discover what life is like for a Canadian and their government system.
What In The World Should Congress Do?
Students use their knowledge of the Constitution, past and current involvement of the US in foreign affairs, and the partisan beliefs on foreign policy to surmise when they deem US involvement in foreign affairs to be necessary.
The Creation of a Bill: Mr. Smith and You
Students watch an excerpt of the classic film, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" to view how a bill is created and presented in Congress. They write original bills, present them in class and debate their favorite proposals.
Eulogy and Obituary as Historical Evidence
Students differentiate between eulogies and obituaries and evaluate them as authentic historical records. They consider the life of Everett Dirksen and how a eulogy or obituary might reflect it. They write original eulogies and obituaries.
Students ascertain the powers of the United States Congress through the use of CongressLink and other related Internet resources in this series of lessons.