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US Federal Budget and Debt
Students investigate the federal budget and debt of the US. In this economics lesson, students analyze the federal budget through their own research. They may work in groups and present to the class.
Government Spending: Why Do We Spend the Way We Do?
High schoolers examine the categories for federal spending using the internet to locate them. They create a list of expenditures noting them as government purchases or transfer payments. They analyze the patterns of spending during the past 40 years.
Federal Indian Policy - Tribal Reorganization
Students discuss tribal governments prior to federal rule. In this tribal reorganization lesson, students listen to teacher presentation and write an essay utilizing the information from the lecture.
The Role of Government
High schoolers are introduced to the economic roles of the federal government. Using the internet, they read information related to government spending and the actual dollar amounts attached to budget items. In groups, they develop their own budget for the government and compare them with the actual budget. They also discuss the shifts in economic policy since the end of the Cold War.
Legislators and Representation - Executive, Federal and Interest Group Relations
Young scholars explore the interaction between the legislature and other governmental institutions. They watch videos exploring the relationship between the state legislature and two government institutions, and the role of lobbyists on legislative process.
America 2000: Federal Round Table Discussion
Eighth graders examine the United States Constitution and identify the beliefs and values Americans follow today. In groups, they compare and contrast state's rights and federal rights and the issues affecting them. They debate the issue of education and how past Presidents have dealt with the problem. To end the instructional activity, they read primary and secondary sources to write a paper sharing their position on the topic.
Students compare and contrast the roles of federal and state governments in the United States. In this government lesson, students research state and national governments' joint and individual powers prior to debating a topic relevant to both governmental arms.
The Powers of Government
Explore the powers of the federal and state government. Learners use a Venn Diagram to classify tasks as belonging to the states, the federal government, or both. This activity provides a quick way to review these concepts.
The Role of government in Waste Management
Students assess ways the government could curtail the waste disposal problem. They write letters to government officials suggesting solutions.
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.
Functions of the Three Branches of Government
Students research the branches of government and write summaries about both the state and federal systems. After conducting reaserch in texts and online, students create Venn diagrams displaying the governmental functions of the three branches.
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.
Lesson Plan: Creating a Metaphor for the Three Branches of Government
Students create metaphors to represent the branches of government. In 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.
Greater Debates Issue #2: Does the Separation of Powers Produce Ineffective Government?
Learners 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.
What Is Government?
Pupils investigate and describe the various levels of government. They develop a list of the services provided by each level of government, and identify the needs not being met by the government.
The 3 Levels of Government through Scrapbooking
Eighth graders explore Parliamentary democracy and governance.
A New Federation
Students describe the relationships between state and federal parliaments in Australia. They identify responsibilities shared between federal and state and territory governments. Students explore an alternative federal structure by creating new state boundaries and redistributing power. They explain and justify the new federal model.
Budget Debate: How Would You Balance the Federal Budget?
High schoolers examine how to balance the federal budget. For this American economics lesson, students read the provided article "Congress Debates Cutting the Budget." High schoolers then collaborate in small groups to determine how to balance the budget and then respond to discussion questions about the experience.
The Federal Reserve
Learners explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson plan, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Controversial issues, are by definition, topics about which rational people disagree. The challenge is to conduct a discussion of these often emotionally charged topics in a respectful way. Introduce your class to the concept of a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC). Using primary source documents related to the topic of immigration, the instructor models for class members how to develop active listening skills, how formulate and analyze claims, reasons, evidence, counterclaims, and rebuttals. As guided practice, pairs and then groups follow the modeled process with the remainder of the documents contained in the packet. Drawing on information contained in the documents, the class engages in a structured discussion of immigration and state and federal immigration policy. To conclude the exercise, individuals reflect on their learning experience. The carefully crafted, detailed plan would make a powerful addition to your curriculum library.