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Young scholars 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.
Learners distinguish limited from unlimited government and provide examples of each type. They analyze the structure of a current government to determine whether it is a limited or unlimited government and provide support for their decision.
Students compare and contrast the characteristics of a limited and unlimited government. In groups, they use this information to create a chart and write a description of how leaders are chosen in each. They share their information with the class to end the lesson.
Challenge your students with this lesson plan on American government! Learners discuss the three branches of government and its responsilbities, and then go on to more complex critical-thinking activities. Students interview members of the local government, define what citizenship means, and create and publish a brochure on the responsibilities of a public official.

Limits of Power

6th - 8th
Students examine the importance of limiting power in governments. In this government lesson plan, students investigate the importance of placing limits on government by looking at the US Constitution. They look at ways that being an active citizen benefits the common good and study the definition of philanthropy.
Young scholars discuss the three branches of government and the different levels. They talk about the purpose of laws and use the Internet to locate information about governments. They watch the video, "United States Constitution" and look up information in the encyclopedias.
Fourth graders explore the origins of American government.
Students explore civics vocabulary through skits and games, conduct web research and write responses to the themes of efforts in early American Government and the identification of reasons Americans need government.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a state of nature, and what does an ideal government look like? After discussing these concepts and reviewing the Bill of Rights, your young historians will be divided into groups that must determine the best form of government, and then defend their decision in a presentation to their peers. 

Bill Of Rights

9th - 12th
Learners examine Supreme Court cases. In this U.S. government lesson, students watch a video about the Bill of Rights and then research 4 Supreme Court cases using the noted web site. Learners analyze the presented information and write their own opinions of the cases.
Students explore U.S. history by participating in a government activity. In this Constitution instructional activity, students identify the role government plays in our society and the differences the British colonies had in the early 18th century. Students read assigned text which describes the historical event and complete worksheets and study questions.

The Rule of Law

9th - 12th
Students examine the rule of law and government in this civics lesson. They discover the origins and how it impacts them on a daily basis. They also analyze its role in the judicial system.
Students create an art piece that expresses their opinions while circumventing hypothetical government restrictions in this lesson on art and government censorship. Emphasis is placed upon historical instances of censorship around the world.
Students study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. In this the government lesson plan, students examine the Articles of Confederation as they relate to the power of government. Students then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
Here is a resource covering a range of terms and concepts regarding scarcity, opportunity cost, and government debt in economics. 
Young scholars examine the importance of citizens being involved in their community government for the common good. They look at the importance of limiting government and the concepts of philanthropy.
Students identify the impact that interest groups, scientists, government health organizations and legislators have on health issues in the United States. They explain the role of the committee hearing in the lawmaking process. Students identify biased arguments presented by diverse interest groups.
Students use the newspaper to explore the world around us, our past and our government. In this civics unit, students complete 40 different lessons in civic education using that day's newspaper to reinforce the concept being taught.
Learners use the worksheet as they view the film Inside Straight: the Third Branch. Multiple case studies and the history of the judicial branch of the US government are included via hyperlink and act as the topics of discussion throughout the lesson. Note: The video is not included but is available online.
Second graders explain the institutions and practices of governments in the United States and other countries. They explain the difference between making laws, carrying out laws, determining if laws have been violated and punishing wrongdoers.

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