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Need topics that are sure to engage your debaters? This list of public policy questions includes such topics as school mascots, regulation of major league baseball, physician-assisted suicide, and violence in video games. A great resource to add to your curriculum file.
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.
Students examine how to balance the federal budget. For 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.
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.  Students list the variety of goods and services provided by the government that assist everyday people, and discuss what life would be like without those services.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In 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. They discuss marginal costs.
Twelfth graders evaluate their own state on how well the government protects their citizens from specific health issues. In groups, they list the environmental health concerns regarding water, air, toxic waste and radiation. They discuss the responsibility of each state to protect their citizens.
Students describe the conditions under which the Constitution was written. They explain the purpose of the first three articles of the Constitution. They represent the three branches of government through a graphic organizer. They identify his/her state senator, governor and local representative and describe how they contribute to the common good.
How are disasters addressed by the Federal Government? This New York Times lesson, based on the article "Disaster Aid: The Mix of Mercy and Politics," prompts middle schoolers to discuss the idea of using a disaster declaration as a political tool. After evaluating the claims in the article, they conduct additional research and write an essay expressing their opinion about disasters and their link to politics. Focus on finding the central idea of the text to ease comprehension.
Young scholars discuss key business and consumer indicators that are used to measure the health of the economy. They compare the economic recovery (from the 2001 recession) of Utah and the United States. They discuss the benefits and hazards of federal government expenditures during economic downturns.
Students explore and identify the power of national and state governments. They discuss the concept of federalism and the distribution of governmental powers. As a class, they examine the balance of power between the federal and state governments.
Students identify the powers of national and state governments. They evaluate the balance of national versus state power. They utilize worksheets imbedded in this plan to gain a deeper perspective of how the government powers are separated.
Students complete practice problems dealing with changes in required reserves, excess reserves (loanable funds), and the money supply. They role-play in scenarios in which they must decide upon the appropriate federal policy. They research the economic conditions for a specific region of the country and propose federal policies that would improve economic conditions.
In this government worksheet, students reference their textbook to answer 27 fill in the blank questions and 3 short answer questions regarding the Constitution and the powers of Congress.
Students are able to identify some roles of government in dealing with the prevention and treatment of skin cancer. They are able to list two reasons why the occurrence of skin cancer in youths has increased.
Fourth graders explore government by reading aloud the Preamble in class. For this civic duties lesson, 4th graders discuss what would happen if there was no governing power and define the meaning of the Preamble and the Constitution. Students define a list of government terms in class and read the Preamble aloud.
This unit is an introduction to the U.S. Constitution. First, 8th graders read the Articles of Confederation. They pretend to be a visitor to the convention and write a journal describing the compromises that "save the day." Next, they research how the concepts of representative democracy work within the framework of our government as outlined in the Constitution.
Students examine the roles of each of the branches of U.S. government. In this checks and balances lesson, students watch Discovery video segments and discuss the concept of federalism as they create a school-wide policy for government which affords specific powers to individual classrooms.
Students investigate their elected officials and their roles. In this governmental leadership lesson, students discuss the Constitution and research their elected officials. They also organize the information they find regarding the three branches of government.
Students determine the difference between the different branches of government and assess the role of each within the American governmental system.
Young scholars debate the constitutional principles of the United States. In this U.S. government lesson, students examine the meaning of the text of the U.S. Constitution and analyze other primary documents of the era. Young scholars prepare for and participate in a debate of current constitutional issues.

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