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Ninth graders explore how the Senate and the House function. In this American Government lesson, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students explore political parties by researching world history in class. In this Australian government activity, 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.
Students explore democratic practices in China. In this global studies lesson, 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.
Sixth graders research the legislative branch and complete related activities. In this legislative branch instructional activity, 6th graders read a book about the major functions of the US legislature and keep notes. Students complete a worksheet 'legislative jargon' and access the USA government website to complete it. Students then make a cube for the information about the branch of government.
Learners 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.