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Students investigate how legislation works. In the Social Studies lesson, the students will explore vocabularies that are essential to the lesson. Then the students will be broken up into groups of 4-8. They will be given 4 different tasks that must be completed, online and with the TI calculator.
Practice vocabulary that goes along with the branches of government in the United States. For this activity, young historians use the hint given to unscramble 10 words about the branches of U.S. government. This is a basic word scramble activity that would help learners memorize government terminology. Answers are included at the end.
Primary historical sources can be a challenge for some readers, so these seven guided-reading questions will be very useful to US History or Government classes studying The Articles of Confederation. Each question has multiple parts and demands critical thinking. Working individually, the handout could take at least a couple of hours. To manage it in one or two class periods, consider dividing the class into groups and divvying the questions between groups.
These guided reading questions accompany several websites on the development of the US Constitution. While some of the links have changed, they are still accessible. History or government classes benefit from reading primary source documents to deepen their understanding of the Virginia and New Jersey plan. Be sure to correct the minor typographical errors before distributing.
Students examine the structure of government in Texas and the United States. In groups, they compare and contrast the two while discovering the three different branches of government. With a partner, they play a game in which they hold up the correct flag for the criteria given to them.
Young scholars review the Legislative branch of the U.S. Government and the differences between the roles of those who serve in the House of Representatives as well as in Congress. Students then use pennies to illustrate how our states are represented in Congress. This lesson is to be implemented during a unit covering the branches of United States government.
Eighth graders analyze the purposes of government. They examine or assess the importance of citizenship to the individual or to society at large (e.g., the importance of voting). Students explain the structure and functions of the three branches of the federal government.
Focusing on the differences between traditional Hopi government and the Hopi Tribal Council, this resource is a good addition to your unit on Native American culture. Learners conduct Internet research, analyze primary source photos, and construct a chart. They then engage in class discussion, write a paper, and create a political cartoon. Think about developing this lesson plan into a unit that could span several days.