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Investigate US history by conducting a multimedia presentation. Elementary schoolers identify the three branches of government and discuss why their roles are so vital to preserving the US and its culture of democracy. They utilize digital images from the web and create a visual presentation about government roles with PowerPoint. You could easily adapt this lesson for use with middle schoolers.
Entitled American Studies, this small unit covers various topics related to the study of the United States. Learners warm up by creating a dictionary of democracy, then dive into three different lessons focused on government, famous Americans, and the Founding Fathers. This is a great way to prepare any third, fourth, or fifth grader for all future US history lessons.
Explore two principles of the Constitution. This plan encourages seniors to focus in on popular sovereignty and limited government. They examine the relationship between popular sovereignty, limited government, and citizenship as they complete the provided handouts. This lesson has learners considering questions similar to those that America's first leaders had to consider. Consider extending this activity by having groups of learners create their own set of principles.
Big questions deserve big answers. What is popular sovereignty, limited government, and citizenship? The class discusses voter apathy and citizenship, writes poems about citizenship, and blogs daily about model citizenship. Handouts accompany this thought-provoking lesson plan on how our government came to be a democracy.
Which environmental policies would your class recommend? Find out through this lesson on climate change and government policy. Through an NPR podcast and an article, learners analyze past and present policy, as well as global risk. Individuals write and send letters advocating their policy beliefs. You can adjust the lesson so that learners come up with ideas for a 2009 climate conference, and includes specific "Gale Library" research tools which can be found elsewhere.
What a terrific resource! This presentation focuses on wild horses and what should be done about them. While the questions found in the presentation focus on grammar and comprehension, this set of slides could do so much more. Learners could use it as a starting point for a discussion about wild horses. They could have a class debate, write persuasive essays regarding their stance on the topic, or argue the pros and cons of government intervention in the issue.
High schoolers engage in a good lesson on the court system. Learners will examine how the Judiciary affects the executive and legislative branches of government. The develop and discuss arguments for and against greater public influence over the Judiciary. This incredibly detailed, 14-page plan has everything you need to successfully implement it with your students. Highly recommended!
Lead your class in a discussion about how they believe money influences politics. After reading "Go Ahead, Try to Stop K Street" from the New York Times, they evaluate the claims in the article about the current lobbyist scandal in Washington. They participate in a fishbowl discussion about lobbying practices and reform. To finish, they write letters to Congress expressing their opinions.