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Sixth graders examine the needs of individuals during the Great Depression. In this Great Depression lesson plan, 6th graders analyze photographs and documents from the Library of Congress. Students discuss the needs of the people pictured and determine how the government attempted to meet the needs of individuals during the era.
The class explores and debates, from multiple perspectives, a petition to allow Hopi Indians to take golden eagle hatchlings from a federal wildlife sanctuary for use in a religious ceremony. Pupils defend their personal views on the issue by writing short speeches to present to Congress. Based on a New York Times article from the Learning Network. Update content by conducting research to find out how the issue was resolved.
Difficult redistricting concepts are covered in a context that will make it understandable to your government scholars. They begin with a KWL on the term redistricting and then watch a video to answer some questions. They analyze political cartoons using a graphic organizer (included), focusing on satire. Scholars find their own state districting boundaries and reflect on the implications. Finally, they use another handout to create their own political cartoon based on opinions they have formed about gerrymandering. Learners can also write a letter to their state legislature expressing these views. A rubric is included.
Learners identify the three branches of the federal government and their role in our government. They identify important events and accomplishments in the life of one president of the United States. Students identify the major national issues and events faced by the president and evaluate an event in the president's administration that showed the system of checks and balances at work.
Fifth graders explore the three branches of the Federal Government and their responsibilities. They rotate through three centers to describe 3 responsibilities of each branch. They summarize their findings in the centers by visiting posters of each branch and answering questions.
Student analyze the impact of the federal allotment policy. In this human rights lesson, students use primary resources such as, text, video, and Internet, to analyze how the Dawes Act impacted Native Americans. This lesson includes many online resources, several activities, and extension suggestions.