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Comparing Governments - Local, State, And National
Fifth graders focus on looking at the similarities and differences between local, state, and federal governments in North Carolina and the United States. They identify the three branches of government and explain how they function.
5th Social Studies & History 11 Views 37 Downloads
Does It Matter if We Participate in Representative Government? A Socratic Seminar
Students participate in a Socratic seminar to discuss and defend the importance of participating in representative government. They take a position on the importance of participating in government, and articulate views on participating in government.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 9 Views 26 Downloads
Lesson Plan: Creating a Metaphor for the Three Branches of Government
Students create metaphors to represent the branches of government. For this U.S. Constitution lesson, students collaborate to write metaphors that appropriately represent the 3 branches of governments. Students illustrate and provide explanations to accompany their metaphors.
10th - 12th Language Arts 14 Views 133 Downloads
Greater Debates Issue #2: Does the Separation of Powers Produce Ineffective Government?
Students examine the separation of powers that exist in the U.S. government. In this government lesson, students debate the positive attributes of separation of powers in the United States.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 17 Downloads
New Review Learning About the Federal Budget: “Get a Pencil, You’re Tackling the Deficit!”
Your class members have been selected by the president to help solve the budget crisis as part of a special deficit commission. After learning about fiscal policy, economic theories, and the federal budget through a detailed PowerPoint presentation, class members will simulate a press conference in which they will recommend cutting or reducing programs and/or increasing taxes.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 16 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Three Levels of Government
Students name and broadly classify the powers and duties of each level of executive government in Australia. They identify and examine areas of overlaid and cooperation between various executive levels. Students examine the nature of disaster relief decision making.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 23 Views 104 Downloads
Structure and Function of the Federal Government
High schoolers identify the structures of the federal government. They complete a diagram of the structures to show their relationships. They research the names of the major players on the structure, in particular, students own representatives.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
I'm The Taxman!
Learners develop an understanding of how federal revenues are gained by taxes. This foundation enable students to decipher changes in federal tax policy. Groups of learners study different types of taxes and prepare presentations on each one.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 77 Downloads
Federal Reserve Balance Sheet
With an actual balance sheet from the Federal Reserve (from 2007, before all of the "banking silliness" began to happen), Sal walks viewers through the assets, liabilities, and equity of the Fed. Pupils will be pleased to see how the theories they've studied in class apply directly to the Federal Reserve, and they will be able to put the process of federal banking into a strong context.
10 mins 9th - Higher Ed Math 3 Views 12 Downloads
Social Programs and Government Responsibility
Young scholars compare and contrast two Presidents and how viewed the government in times of difficulty. They examine what role each President handled the role of philanthropy during their years in office. They identify acts of philanthropy which could be completed in their area.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 4 Downloads
Getting Involved: How Can You Participate in Representative Government?
Students examine different ways people can participate in representative government. They create TV commercials that inform viewers how to get involved in representative government.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download
The Federalist Debates: Balancing Power Between State and Federal Governments
Young scholars examine the pros and cons of state sovereignty vs. federalism, as argued by the Founding Fathers. They identify the basic positions of each side, complete a worksheet, and write a persuasive essay arguing for Jefferson or Hamilton.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 12 Views 85 Downloads
Budget Debate: How Would You Balance the Federal Budget?
Students examine how to balance the federal budget. In this American economics lesson, students read the provided article "Congress Debates Cutting the Budget." Students then collaborate in small groups to determine how to balance the budget and then respond to discussion questions about the experience.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 56 Downloads
Government Goods and Services
Fifth graders investigate the connection between taxes and government services. In this economics lesson, 5th graders discuss the process and benefits of paying sales and income taxes. Using calculators, students compute the amount of tax paid based on the percentage.
5th Math 7 Views 8 Downloads
The Federal Reserve
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. For 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.
9th - 10th Math 4 Views 6 Downloads
James Madison: Balancing State and Federal Government
Students review primary documents concerning the War of 1812. Students read essays about President Madison's war policy and determine the climate of people's feelings about war during that period. Students review sections of the United States' Constitution to determine whether these arguments had merit.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 30 Downloads
Separation of Powers
Students examine the separation of powers in local and federal government. Using case studies, they review several instances of separation of powers. After reading the case studies, they write a brief opinion essays supporting their opinion on the separation of powers.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History 7 Views 38 Downloads
Compromise is the Key
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government lesson, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
8th Social Studies & History 8 Views 66 Downloads