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Participating in Democracy
Students analyze film clips in class. In this democracy lesson plan, students identify the differences between civil liberties, democracy and freedom. Students view a video regarding Japanese internment and answer study questions as well as create a presentation over the course of 4 days.
With Liberty and Justice for All
Students examine the role of Supreme Court justices. In this judicial branch lesson, students consider the civil rights and civil liberties as they investigate Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) and West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943).
Liberty and Democracy for All?
Students consider what they already know about democracy and examine how viable democracy is for Middle Eastern nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Freedom
Welcome to America, the land of liberty and freedom. Examine the ways in which the terms liberty and freedom have been used in the United States. After researching and analyzing quotations from the past and present, students create an illustrated timeline to display in the way these words have been used throughout history. This lesson can be adapted to many grade levels and originally comes from The Learning Network.
The Statue of Liberty
Students complete a unit on the Statue of Liberty. They develop a timeline, create a model of the statue, write a poem, compare the size of the Statue of Liberty to the size of their own bodies, and watch a video.
Cold Case Files: Solving the Mystery of the Salem Witch Trials
The Salem Witch Trials provide a perfect opportunity to connect English language arts and US history classes. Here's a resource that provides a wealth of essential questions, activities, and materials. Class groups assume the role of cold case investigators, develop a theory as to the cause of the witch hysteria, and then use concepts of American democracy to defend one of the victims. The richly detailed plan deserves a place in your curriculum library.
Preserving American Democracy
Eleventh graders analyze American civil liberties, as found in the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution, in relationship to the changes in these rights that may take place for individuals in the United States as a result of the USA Patriot Act.
Statue of Liberty: A Famous Gift
In this Statue of Liberty worksheet, students read a passage, then answer 5 multiple choice questions; answers included on page 2.
With Liberty & Top Soil for All
Students compare the basic needs of plants to the basic needs of democracy. In this democracy comparison lesson, students complete a worksheet on what happens to a plant that's not nourished. Students draw a correlation to the basics of a democracy's growth if not nourished by its citizens.
John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism and On Liberty
For this online interactive philosophy worksheet, students read selections from John Stuart Mill's Utilitarianism and On Liberty and then respond to 11 multiple choice and short answer questions. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Tenth graders examine the history of Democracy in Canada to set the context for their research into the same for the Ukraine during the Orange revolution. In this government lesson, 10th graders discover what role individual Canadians and Canadian organizations played during that period.
Liberty for Libya?
Students create a country profile on Libya in order to consider the viability of a transition to a democratic government.
The Statue of Liberty: The meaning and Use of a National Symbol
Engage your class in a series of activities, each related to the use or analysis of symbols used to convey patriotic or national concepts. They identify different national symbols and explain their meanings, discussing the importance of symbols. Pupils also analyze images and songs for symbolic meaning, analyze the poem "The New Colossus," and finish by creating a symbolic poster.
When Property Rights and the Public Good Clash
Middle schoolers analyze a case involving a government's use of eminent domain powers to construct a comprehension of property rights and how they might be viewed as essential protections for citizens in a constitutional democracy. They Use the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the Republic of Georgia, students compare how two constitutional democracies view property rights.
Respect and Democracy
Middle schoolers explore the concept of respect. In this respect and democracy lesson, students define respect and brainstorm examples of showing respect and disrespect. Middle schoolers read Core Values of American Constitutional Democracy and pick out words or phrases that relate to the definition of respect.
Twelfth graders discuss the probability of imposing a democracy in a country in which there is no history of this type of government being successful. Using the internet, they work together to research Japan's experience with democracy and the challenges it faced doing so. They also compare and contrast the United States Constitution with the Japanese Constitution.
Liberty Vs. Security
Twelfth graders examine civil liberties. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders analyze presidential speeches throughout history that address the balance between liberty and security. Students use their findings to write essays about the cause and effect relationship between liberty and security.
Students analyze the concept of democracy. In this democratic values lesson, students analyze the lyrics of selected popular music that address issues that challenge the role of United States as a world leader. Students create exhibits that share their visions of American democracy.
HitlerÂ¿Â¿Â¿s Fatal Gamble ? Comparing Totalitarianism and Democracy
Students compare/contrast totalitarianism and democracy and examine their roles in World War II. They read a handout, complete a Venn diagram, and participate in a class discussion.
Getting to Democracy
High schoolers define democracy and analyze the conditions needed for democracy to flourish. Students research governments in the Middle East to determine how and if they have any form of democracy within their government.