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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.
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.
Learners 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Young scholars become familiar with both ratified and failed amendments. They explain the many points of view to be considered when altering the Constitution and connect a current amendment proposal with historical proposals
Students explain the sharing of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches in the war-making power. They also gain an insight into the events surrounding the declaration of war in 1941 and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964.
Students create an educational pamphlet on the origins, spread and impact of invasive plant species in their community.
Students consider the relationship between Congressional members and special interest groups. In this legislative branch lesson, students conduct research to identify donations made to Congressional committee members by lobbyists.
Students explore the role of Congress. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy. Students identify community issues and discuss how they can bring these issues to the attention of their Congressional representatives.
Students explore the "death tax" and analyze statistical information about how the government taxes dead people. They research sources to determine the validity of a anti-tax group campaign and John McCain's claims about taxes. Students discover that by omitting crucial information on a topic may actually mislead the general public. Students participate in numerous activities and projects to discover the truth about the "death tax."
For this Washington, D.C. worksheet, students complete 6 pages of readings and questions about Washington, D.C. Included are general facts, geography, monuments, history, economy and people. There is a short text and 6 multiple choice questions on each page.
In this Washington, D.C. worksheet, students learn facts about the geography, history, economy, and people of the nation's capital. Students read 6 paragraphs and answer 6 questions about each topic.
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on the development of the U.S. government. They examine the main ideas of the Declaration of Independence, develop a class translation of the preamble to the Constitution, create a flow chart, and present a skit.
Young scholars are introduced to the three functions of government (legislative, judicial, and executive). They read and discuss a story about an overworked king who must handle all the tasks of government. Students give a description of the three functions of government. They create a job description for lawmakers, executives, and judges.
Are the anti-smoking ads put out by the federal government effective? This question is posed to your critical thinkers. They'll read excerpts from a New York Times article and then compose thoughtful blog responses to four related questions.
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.
Learners discover how the country's largest railway project, connecting the east and west coasts, became reality. They examine how transportation has evolved and shaped our society. Some excellent websites are imbedded in this plan.

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