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Within this unit, students evaluate the prosperity of a New England town during the Federal Period. Throughout the unit, students are looking for evidence of prosperity by examining artifacts such as inventories, tax lists, and photos to compare the sophistication of homes in the region.
Students review and apply architectural history and identify selected architectural features and styles of the Americal Federal time period. They write down the information on their outline from a PPT presentation included with lesson. Finally, students sketch a chair from the Federal time period by looking in magazines for pictures of a piece of furniture or an architectural detail that might have been influenced by the time period
Eleventh graders explore congressional elections.  In this American Government activity, 11th graders read the article "Noncompetitive Elections for Congress".  Students participate in an 8 minute discussion based on the discussion prompts. 
Seventh graders study the congressional system in the United States.  In this American Government lesson, 7th graders participate in informal negotiations with fellow student-legislators in order to get legislation passed.
Ninth graders explore how the Senate and the House function.  In this American Government lesson, 9th graders examine the different topics that the committees of the House and the Senate deal with.  Students write a reflection suggesting how congressional committees might be improved.
Ninth graders examine the characteristics of the membership of the 111th House of Representatives.  In this American Government instructional activity, 9th graders research three congressional representation.  Students create a pie chart comparing and contrasting the characteristics of the Congress members. 
Students are introduced to the topic of government regulations. Using the internet, they read different viewpoints on this topic. They answer questions and discuss them as a class. They develop their own regulations that could be helpful to the United States.
Ninth graders examine primary documents and secondary sources to analyze the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson in the first half of the nineteenth century.  In this American History lesson, 9th graders analyze documents related to the Market Revolution and the role of the federal government in that revolution.  Students study the social, political and economic trends of the first half of the nineteenth century.
Eighth graders examine treaties pertaining to Canadian natives. In this Canadian history instructional activity, 8th graders watch "Frist Nations: The Unbroken Circle," and then discuss the negotiations that took place between the Nisga'a people and the federal government.
Middle schoolers complete a graphic organizer on the economic cycle.  In this government and the economy lesson, students discover ways that the government can have an impact on the economy.  Middle schoolers view a slideshow and complete a graphic organizer on steps the government can take to speed up or slow down the economy.
Students participate in talking circles regarding governance issues. In this self-governance instructional activity, students examine First Nations and land claims in the Great Slave Lake area  in Canada.
Learn about the government's role in everyday life in a guided reading activity. Groups create a KWL chart concerning the government's impact on the community.
Students explore the relevancy of government in their lives. In this U. S. government lesson, students examine their personal goals for performance in their government class. Students also collaborate to create a classroom constitution and then take an American citizenship test.
Students examine reasons for studying government. In this U.S. government lesson, students brainstorm the reasons for rules. Students draft their own class constitution in the style of the U.S. Constitution.
Assist your class by clarifying aspect of various forms of government. This resource contains 5 true/false and 5 multiple choice questions.
Learners create an advertising campaign to persuade the Founding Fathers to adopt a particular political philosophy. Working in groups, they conduct research about a certain political philosophy. Students create a pitch to be made to the Founding Fathers as they create their new government.
Students explore cause and effect. In this early American government lesson, students research the series of events that led to the revolution, confederation, and constitution. Students use cause and effect examples to complete a culminating activity.
Students compare and contrast the powers and procedures of state and local governments. They discover how conflicts between the different layers of government are resolved and each level's responsibilities. Using the 9th and 10th Amendments, they determine the extent of the federal government's power over its citizens. They also compare the processes of lawmaking at the different levels.
Eighth graders analyze purposes of government, examine importance of citizenship to individuals and society at large, explain structure and functions of three branches of federal government, cite roles/duties, qualifications, and terms of office for key elected and appointed officials, explain structure and functions of state and local governments, and examine two-party system.
Students consider the need for term limits. In this U.S. government lesson, students read selected articles about the pros and cons of term limits. Students then survey their class regarding their opinion of term limits. Students research the topic prior to writing a letter to the editor about the issue.

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