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In order to understand how our government works, students need to delve into the intricacies at both the local and federal level. Using this 20 question activity learners explore how government affects their daily life.
This is a 4-H citizenship activity page set that asks learners to examine county government, city councils, the 3 branches of the United States government, and complete a community service project. This resource also includes a word search as well as directions for a mock election and a career scavenger hunt. While this is put together specifically for 4-H, it could be adapted for classroom use.
Middle schoolers research the influences of the Roman Republic on our government today by identifying the ideas Americans took from the Ancient Romans. They design a persuasive advertisement extolling the republican form of government.
Students determine that air pollution control is caused by a combination of market incentives and government regulation. They realize that businesses exist to make profits for their owners and that governments make rules for individuals and businesses in order to establish minimum standards to protect society (human health and well being, ecology).
Students explore the debates over American slavery and the power of the American federal government for the first half of the 19th century and how the regional economies and political events produced a widening split between the states.
Students examine the role of Congressional committees. In this U.S. government lesson, students prepare and role play the a Congressional committee hearing simulation regarding an increase in the minimum wage.
Learners define and explore "iron triangles" or issue networks, and identify current examples of "iron triangles." They make a model using current congressional committees, government agencies, and interest groups, analyze the connections among them, and determine if the iron triangle has a negative effect on public policy formation through campaign contributions.
Ninth graders participate in a senate simulation.  For this American Government lesson, 9th graders research a particular senator.  Students write a bill.  Students examine the process of trying to pass a bill.
High schoolers use federal government websites to study regulation and other economic terms.
Students examine the guidelines put out by the FBI to follow during federal investigations. In groups, they discuss the decision by the FBI to increase surveillance after the terrorist attacks on September 11. They share their opinions in a class forum to end the lesson.
Students assess the validity of a national bank. They study the importance of McCullough v. Maryland. They review the arguments of Hamilton and Jefferson. They analyze the Tenth Amendment and the debate over state v. federal power. They review tight v. lose constructionist interpretation of the Constitution.
Students identify the costs and benefits of government regulations. Using a market economy, they explore the reasons why the government intervenes with food safety and quality concerns. They examine the information on food labels and use them to make their decisions about which products to purchase.
Students examine the poverty line. For this poverty line lesson, students discover what the poverty line is and how the U.S. government determines it. Students calculate alternative poverty lines and examine their implications.
Students examine the Preamble to the Constitution. In this government instructional activity, students read the Preamble of the Constitution and define the meaning of unknown words. Students write about examples of how the Constitution protects our rights.
Students analyze how the outcome of the 2002 midterm elections changed the balance of power in the government. They write a news analysis and evaluation of how the nation be governed in the future.
Students explore the departments within the judicial and executive branches of United States government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
Students explore how historical documents have clarified and secured individual rights for citizens and outlined the role of government in the United States. Through discussion and text reading, they explain the American beliefs and principles reflected in the Constitution and discover the rights guaranteed by the Constitution are enforced.
Students investigate U.S. history by listening to an economics lecture. In this U.S. government lesson plan, students research the "New Deal" which happened after the Great Depression. Students identify movies, books and music from the Depression era and discuss the impact the New Deal had on economic recovery.
Students examine the ability of the government to suspend individual rights in times of national crisis. They formulate a constitutional amendment that clearly states if, when, how and by whom the rights of individuals can be suspended.
Students read reports and watch a video about World War I. In this World War I lesson plan, students discuss how the government has to take charge on many levels including the oil shortage during World War I.

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