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Students analyze film clips in class. In this democracy lesson, 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.
Students examine the role of Supreme Court justices. In this judicial branch instructional activity, 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).
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.
Students consider what they already know about democracy and examine how viable democracy is for Middle Eastern nations such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
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.
In this Statue of Liberty activity, students read a passage, then answer 5 multiple choice questions; answers included on page 2.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
In this online interactive philosophy activity, 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.
Students explore the concept of respect. In this respect and democracy lesson, students define respect and brainstorm examples of showing respect and disrespect. Students 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.
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.
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.
Students 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.
Students explore the facets of democracy. In this civic responsibility lesson plan, students create a definition of democracy and discuss the difference between a spectator and a participatory citizen. Students discuss whose responsibility it is to improve government and protect the rights of the people. Students work in groups to learn about civil society, civic responsibility, patriotism, advocacy and right to petition the government. They then present these ideas to the class.
Fourth graders express their views of liberty through creative writing. They view video segments about the history of the Statue of Liberty.
Students write a letter to King George III from the point of view of Thomas Jefferson. They defend constitutional democracy and explain the differences between limited and unlimited government.
Students explore core democratic values. In this citizenship lesson, students discuss unitarian governments, confederation governments, the federal system, and representative democracy. Students then write about the experience of living in a democracy.