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THE BUSINESS OF CLEAN AIR
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).
A House Dividing: The Growing Crisis of Sectionalism in Antebellum America
Learners 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.
Congressional Committee Simulation: Raising the Minimum Wage
High schoolers 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.
ron Triangles (or Issue Networks)
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.
Mock Senate Simulation
Ninth graders participate in a senate simulation. In this American Government lesson, 9th graders research a particular senator. Students write a bill. Students examine the process of trying to pass a bill.
Exploring Enumerated and Implied Powers
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.
Redistricting: Drawing the Lines
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.
Hemispheres: People and Place
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.
Cumulative Review: Social Studies
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.
Powers of Government
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.
Government Lesson Plan: Lesson 1
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.
The Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy
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.
Government & Politics: Chapter 11.1
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.
Government: The Mystery Epidemic
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.
Social Programs and Government Responsibility
Students compare and contrast two Presidents and how viewed the government in times of difficulty. They examine what role each President handled the role of philanthropy during their years in office. They identify acts of philanthropy which could be completed in their area.
Getting Involved: How Can You Participate in Representative Government?
Students examine different ways people can participate in representative government. They create TV commercials that inform viewers how to get involved in representative government.
The Federal Reserve System: Unit
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.
An Introduction to the Federal Reserve
Learners examine the Federal Reserve System. In this secondary economics lesson, students view a DVD titled In Plain English: Making Sense of the Federal Reserve. Learners take notes and work in groups to review the information. Students individually select a home-learning research project related to the Federal Reserve.
Implications of the 2010 Midterm Elections: Battle for the Federal Budget
Students take a closer look at the 2010 midterm elections. In this U.S. government lesson, students watch a PBS news video about the elections and determine the role that economics played in the elections.
The Federal Court System
Students research and prepare a persuasive paper on how federal courts should be constructed in a new country. In this Federal Court System lesson, students decide whether they should model a new country's federal courts after the US court system or create a new type of federal court system. Students also demonstrate how power of the courts in this new country will be limited.