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Elementary schoolers examine money, then read a news article about new coins being produced by the U.S. Mint. The teacher introduces the article with samples of American money and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. This lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Let your pupils judge whether or not the Electoral College should be eliminated. They can develop their opinions with the materials provided and activity described here. First, split your class into three groups: pro, con, and judge. After they complete research within these groups, they will move to groups of three with evenly distributed roles. A debate follows. To reflect on the activity, class members compose an essay to be graded with an advanced placement rubric.
Ninth graders study the centrality of religion in the lives of many Americans and the ways in which religious beliefs shape political and social views of many citizens. They determine that in a nation of some 3,000 religious groups, we have to live together without religious consensus, adhering to principles of religious liberty in the First Amendment.
A highly engaging warm-up activity kicks off this plan for teaching class members about the Vietnam War. After the anticipatory activity, the teacher chooses the means by which to provide an overview of the war (PowerPoint, lecture, textbook, etc.). Next, 11th graders answer a series of questions to ensure a fundamental understanding. Lastly, individuals receive a timeline strip with a particular event that they research. On paper, they create a description/depiction of the event and place it in chronological order with the other posters. All of the necessary resources are included.
Students recall visits to museums, then read a news article about a museum exhibit that shows what U.S. presidents were like during their childhood. In this U.S. history and current events instructional activity, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news piece and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
An extremely engaging and well-designed "Who Wants to be a Millionaire"-type game awaits your class. The subject is American history, with an emphasis on questions about past presidents. The usual lifelines are built into the game, and the questions get quite challenging as the game goes on.
Learners review the Bill of Rights. They interpret how the American Government violated these rights with regard to Japanese Americans during World War II. They write down the violations of the Bill of Rights during Japanese internment with stated reasons why they were violations.
Is there a difference between writing errors and employing rhetorical devices? This presentation argues that there is a difference, but it might be a finer point than one would think. Addressing double entendre, oxymorons, and parody, among others, against their counterpoints (ambiguity, contradiction, imitation), the slide show is entertaining for grammarians and wordsmiths alike. Your class will appreciate the examples of each device throughout the presentation.
Though slightly dated (around the 2008 Presidential election), the information and discussion points in this presentation about political humor are solid. Use the slides in your language arts class in a lecture about semantics, or in a political science class about language in the media. A list of references and resource links could help to guide your lecture as well.
This multiple choice review covers famous historical figures from all walks of life. each slide has a scoring set up in the corner which assumes two teams and allows for hints and lifelines etc. but it is not clear how to use this section of the powerpoint. The four questions are clearly presnted and there are some fun noises and animated transitions. If an incorrect answer is selected bubbles appear, but if the canswer is correct the PowerPoint will proceed.
Young scholars investigate the assassinations of four American presidents. Through research, groups create a dossier on one of the four men who were the assassins. After presentations of the dossiers, the class looks for common traits in background and upbringing of the men as well as the major issues of the time when the assassinations occurred.
Students explore the responsibilities of the President. In this U.S. government lesson, students examine the provided sources related to the President' s roles as Chief of State, Chief Executive, Chief Jurist, Chief Diplomat, Chief Legislator, Chief Politician, and Commander in Chief. Students use the provided worksheet to analyze the job requirements of the President.