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Comparing Governments - International
Fifth graders compare and contrast national governments in North America and/or Central America. They summarize the similarities and differences of the governments. They access websites imbedded in this lesson plan to do their research.
5th Social Studies & History
Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 12
Learners investigate various political systems around the world. They complete a chart that compares the U.S. political system with other nations' governments, conduct research on a selected nation, and present an oral report.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History
The Progressive Era: Muckrakers
Using Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, guide your class in the process of identifying unknown terms using context clues and formulating text-based answers. The lesson plan includes a useful worksheet incorporating scaffolding questions on an...
10th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The First Amendment and Virginia v. Black
Are there, and should there, be any limits on the First Amendment's protection of free speech? Class members grapple with this question as they examine several controversial court cases involving the First Amendment.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Progressive Era: Muckrakers Grade 8
As you explore an excerpt from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle with your class, discuss how his descriptions of the meat-packing industry caught the public's attention and helped to promote change in the Progressive Era.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
The Fed & Money Creation
Did you know that all dollars are loaned into existence? Despite seeming unconstitutional, the Federal Reserve has the option to create money whenever it deems necessary. Introduce your classroom to our current debt problems with this...
7 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History
The Supreme Court: The Judicial Power of the United States
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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
This exercise on the Constitution requires small groups to design a visual metaphor that expresses the concept behind one of seven principles: popular sovereignty, federalism, republicanism, separation of powers, checks and balances,...
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Representation: By State or by Population
Should representation in the new United States government be based on population? This learning exercise illustrates the details of this important quandary through an adaptation of speeches on the topic given at the Constitutional...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Reliving History through Slave Narratives
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...
5th - 9th Social Studies & History