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Every adult should know that it is their responsibility to help fund public goods and services by paying taxes. Help young people get a handle on the history, evolution, purposes for, and reasons why they should pay taxes too. 

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A paycheck stub can offer loads of information on the taxes American citizens pay. This resource not only includes analysis of a stub as an activity, but also provides a wealth of informative reading material on such topics as the services taxes pay for, the difference between sales, excise, and income taxes, and the progressive tax system.
Should voting in the United States be compulsory? In 2004, fewer than 60 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the American national elections. After reviewing arguments for and against compulsory voting, your young citizens will compose letters to the editors of their local newspapers in which they discuss whether they believe voting should be compulsory.
Impress upon your learners the importance of civic duty, and explore the privileges and responsibilities to support the general welfare that comes with citizenship. Here is a 20-question, multiple choice assessment that will help get you started in this endeavor.
Learners explore the concept of taxes. In this tax activity, students investigate types of taxes and deductions taken out of a paycheck before they see it. Learners calculate the tax on a given dollar amount. Students discuss 401(k)s and calculate money put into a 401(k) using a spreadsheet.
Students explore the concept of paying taxes. For this paying taxes lesson, students fill out a 1040EZ tax form given a W-2 form. Students practice paying taxes. Students pretend to be an employee of a company and pays taxes on what they earn.
Pupils demonstrate their knowledge of the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of United States citizens. They complete a graphic organizer and write a persuasive essays.
Create a glossary of tax-related vocabulary and clip New York Times articles that present tax procedure in action, in preparation for participating in a tax quiz bowl. Young economists explore allegations that "Survivor" Richard Hatch perpetrated tax fraud.
Students explore events and causes that led to American Revolution and examine popular pro-Patriot renderings and texts of these issues created both at that time and in later years. Students then prepare and deliver oral presentations about image or text studied.
Fourth graders earn classroom dollars, set up a bank book, pay fines, figure interest and pay taxes.
Fifth graders practice creative writing  by describing events from the Colonial era.  In this U.S. History lesson, 5th graders identify King George III and George Washington, the roles they played, and the differences between them.  Students create a Venn Diagram and write a descriptive paragraph about the two men.
In this alcoholism in Russia activity, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about alcoholism in Russia. Students complete 10 activities total.
In this online interactive philosophy quiz worksheet, learners respond to 30 multiple choice questions about Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
Students explore the concept of budgeting. In this budgeting lesson, students are assigned a salary either hourly or monthly. Students calculate paying taxes, rent or house payment, car payment, and other expenses. Students must work their budget so they can afford everything without going in the red.
Fourth graders explore the concept of taxes and gather relevant information to become a tax 'expert. In this taxes lesson, 4th graders work in teams to find information regarding different areas in taxes. Students work together to research their specific topic about taxes and present their findings to the class.
In this Roman Empire worksheet, 7th graders read four passages and answer questions at the end of each. Vocabulary support is provided.
Twelfth graders practice filling out IRS 1040 EZ forms. They discuss various ways people pay taxes. They assess the importance of W-2 forms and apply skills using the IRS tax table to compute how much money is owed or returned.
Middle schoolers review tax acts the English government placed on the 13 colonies prior to the American Revolution.
Learners create a class monetary system. In this elementary economics lesson, students research jobs, create jobs within the classroom, and budget money. This lesson builds learners responsibility and experience with money.
In this literacy instructional activity, students complete a transcript that is based upon the geographical location of Greenwich. There is also a search for numbers that are found in the text.

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