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You Can Lead a Class to Water, But Can You Make It Think?
Young scholars compare and contrast enumerated powers and implied powers. In this American government instructional activity, students participate in a classroom play that requires them to determine implied and enumerated powers of those in authority.
Noncompetitive Elections for Congress
Eleventh graders explore congressional elections. In this American Government lesson, 11th graders read the article "Noncompetitive Elections for Congress". Students participate in an 8 minute discussion based on the discussion prompts.
Simulating Congressional Action in the Classroom
Seventh graders study the congressional system in the United States. In this American Government lesson, 7th graders participate in informal negotiations with fellow student-legislators in order to get legislation passed.
Standing Committee Chest: Understanding the Standing Committees of Congress
Ninth graders explore how the Senate and the House function. In this American Government lesson plan, 9th graders examine the different topics that the committees of the House and the Senate deal with. Students write a reflection suggesting how congressional committees might be improved.
Introducing the Freshman Class of the 111th Congress
Ninth graders examine the characteristics of the membership of the 111th House of Representatives. In this American Government lesson, 9th graders research three congressional representation. Students create a pie chart comparing and contrasting the characteristics of the Congress members.
Andrew Jackson and the Bank War
Ninth graders examine primary documents and secondary sources to analyze the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson in the first half of the nineteenth century. For this American History lesson, 9th graders analyze documents related to the Market Revolution and the role of the federal government in that revolution. Students study the social, political and economic trends of the first half of the nineteenth century.
Treaties - Grade 8
Eighth graders examine treaties pertaining to Canadian natives. For this Canadian history lesson, 8th graders watch "Frist Nations: The Unbroken Circle," and then discuss the negotiations that took place between the Nisga'a people and the federal government.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
This exercise on the Constitution requires small groups to design a visual metaphor that expresses the concept behind one of seven principles: popular sovereignty, federalism, republicanism, separation of powers, checks and balances, limited government, and individual rights. While the anticipatory activity is weak, the main exercise is effective in eliciting higher-level thinking and collaboration among group members. The metaphors are shared with the class while the audience members take notes on the other six principles.
Take a journey to the land of economic systems. There you'll discover three very different types of economies. Learn how to evaluate economic performance and get a great overview of capitalism. Images and bulleted information make this a nice slide show to visit.
Understanding the Debt Ceiling Debate and the Budget Control Act of 2011
Upper graders listen to a podcast on the EconTalk website featuring economist Keith Hennessey. The podcast focuses on the Budget Control Act of 2011, the national debt, and government spending. They read specifics about the BCA, then give an opinion about what the government's next move should be. Related questions are included to check for comprehension or to use for a group discussion.
The Called Themselves the K.K.K.; The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
How did Ku Klux Klan develop and flourish in the US? How did the government respond to acts of terrorism conducted by the KKK following the Civil War? How does the government respond to acts of terrorism today? This resource launches a study of terrorism and government response. Richly detailed, the plan includes links, photographs, and worksheets. A powerful resource.
New! American Government: Does a State Have the Legal/Constitutional Right to Secede from the Union?
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on this fascinating topic.
A Look at Individual Federal Income Tax
High schoolers investigate the concept of a personal federal income tax. They conduct research and participate in class discussion in order to deal some of the issues. They include why there is an individual income tax and how the money is used. Also the structure of the tax is covered.
How is Our Government Organized?
Students explore rights of their clients. In this constitutional law lesson, students play an online game that requires them to review individual cases in order to determine the rights their clients have.
The New Deal's Federal Theatre Project
Students become acquainted with the New Deal's Federal Theatre Project (FTP) and the rationale for its creation. They analyze primary source material regarding the relationship between art and propaganda.
The Constitution: A New Federation
Students explore political parties by researching world history in class. In this Australian government lesson, students identify the term "federation" and discuss the elements of Australian politics. Students analyze a map of Australia and create new political regions and share their reasons for doing so.
iCivics: State Government
Students explore the role of state government. In this civics activity, students play an online game that requires them to consider the needs of state residents and the structure of state government.
Democratic Village Elections in China: Comparing Governments of China and the United States
Students explore democratic practices in China. In this global studies instructional activity, students compare and contrast democratic values of the Chinese government with the American government. Students read provided articles and conduct their own research regarding the topic in order to write an expository essay.
Local Government and Leaders
Third graders research their local government and leaders. Throughout the lesson, they engage in discussions, a visit by an elected local government official and research. In addition, 3rd graders study some basic facts about the local government.
Local Governments and Leaders
Third graders study their local governments and leaders. In this local government instructional activity, 3rd graders learn facts about the local government and interview a local leader. Students complete a chart with information they know about their local government.