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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.
Have your class investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve Banks in this 29 page unit. They participate in a banking activity that explores the fractional reserve banking system. They identify the three basic functions of the Federal Reserve System and reflect on the validity of a dozen statements about the Federal Reserve.
Students examine the Federal Reserve System. In this secondary economics lesson, students view a DVD titled In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve. Students take notes and work in groups to review the information. Students individually select a home-learning research project related to the Federal Reserve.
Young analysts examine two letters, one written by President Hoover and one written by FDR. Each letter contains that president's response to the role of the Federal Government during times of crisis (The Great Depression). They analyze each letter with a Venn Diagram to compare different presidential views, then share their thoughts in a class discussion.
Students investigate the role of government by examining the history of their hometown. In this U.S. Government lesson, students complete a worksheet which asks questions about how lives in their community have been affected by the U.S. Government. Students create a collage using words and images that represents and explains the concept of a government.
Students investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve System, which include providing financial services, supervising and regulating commercial banks to keep the banking/financial system sound and conducting monetary policy to keep the economy healthy. In the Federal Reserve lesson, students are divided into different groups (cash, check, loan, producer) and participate in a variety of activities to gain a better understanding of the Federal Reserve System.
Five segements from Ken Burns' documentary series Prohibition, easily accessed on the PBS website, are at the center of a terrific short unit on the roots of America's ambivalent relationship with alcohol. Engage your secondary class with a discussion of proposed government regulation of personal behavior based on several examples provided. Then explore the roots of Prohibition through video excerpts, active listening practice, and an engaging, thought-provoking deliberation activity. A comprehensive resource that includes video note-taking and discussion questions, active listening guidelines, background information about six historic constituent groups that class members role play in the deliberation activity, and a bibliography with other useful resources. Take a weekend off from planning. With a resource as complete as this one; you've got Prohibition covered.
Here is a most-impressive resource on implied powers that were established under the Marshall Court. Learners examine the court's interpretation of Article 1 in McCullough vs. Maryland. They also analyze the Constitution in order to see the differences between enumerated and implied powers. There is an excellent worksheet that leads pupils through a writing exercise on these topics embedded in the plan. This is one of the better lessons on law and the courts I have ever seen.
Here is an astounding series of lessons, designed for high schoolers, on environmental policy. By studying water conservation in rural India, the role of the government, and the reaction of the people, learners begin to formulate opinions on environmental policy making. This incredible series of lessons contains everything you need to successfully implement them with your class. Some very high-level thinking will take place during this unit of study.
Have you just finished teaching chapters 1-5 of your social studies book and are ready to test your class? If so, you are in luck! Here is a well-organized cumulative review that covers multiple topics, main ideas, and vocabulary related to the age of exploration, American colonization, The Revolutionary War, and the forming of the US government.
Young sociologists explore how local, state, and federal governments work. This very impressive and ambitious lesson requires pupils to contact government officials who represent them and their families. They research elections, and hold a mock presidential campaign for class president. Some excellent websites are embedded in this very worthwhile lesson.
What was life like during the Great Depression (1929-early 1940’s)? How did the experience of white Americans compare to that of black Americans? Learners tackle these and other questions in a unit that focuses on the Great Depression and the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Partners use the Internet to access photos (“America From the Great Depression to WWII”), interviews (Federal Writers’ Manuscript Project), and almanacs to gain an understanding of this period and to provide a background for their reading of Taylor’s classic novel. Included are day-to-day plans, a worksheet, quizzes, activities and rubrics.