Policy Studies Teacher Resources
Find Policy Studies educational ideas and activities
Showing 1 - 20 of 245 resources
Controversial issues, are by definition, topics about which rational people disagree. The challenge is to conduct a discussion of these often emotionally charged topics in a respectful way. Introduce your class to the concept of a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC).
10th - 12th Language Arts 114 Views 86 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Native American Policy
Students examine federal policies regarding Native Americans. For this Native American assimilation and removal policies lesson, students conduct research to compare the changes in federal policy regarding Native Americans between the Washington and Jackson presidencies.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 29 Downloads
The Economics of the Family Farm
Kids read all about the family farm. They complete three activities to get a better understanding of the economics associated with the family farm. They'll complete a WebQuest, examine a farm in crisis, and investigate how a family farm is managed.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 17 Downloads
We Can Order Events in Time
First graders imagine life as a student living in a residential school. In this sequencing lesson, 1st graders read a story about Shi-shi-etko, a character who must prepare to leave for school far away from her home. Students write a letter as if they were this character from her perspective and describe their feelings.
1st Social Studies & History 6 Views 10 Downloads
Latin America and United States Policy Today
Students compare the situation of Latin American immigrants with the situation of immigrants from other areas of the world. They use media to obtain information on topics of academic interest, personal interest, and intellectual interest.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 16 Downloads
Food for Thought: Agriculture in Korea and its Declining Number of Farms
Students examine population issues in Korea. In this Korea lesson plan, students investigate how the population shift in Korea has impacted the production of nutritious foods through agricultural means.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
Should Homosexuals Have the Right to Laws Protecting Them From Discrimination?
Students explore discrimination issues in America. In this homosexual rights lesson, students listen to their instructor lecture on antidiscrimination laws and gay rights. Students respond to questions about the Romer v. Evans case.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 14 Downloads
Climate Change Challenge: Earth Day
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this environmental stewardship instructional activity, students watch a video about state policies pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions. Students plan and carry out an Earth Day service project regarding the improvement of air quality.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads
International Trade and Exchange
Your class members will begin this great lesson on the interests of international free trade and exchange by participating in an exciting hands-on simulation. They will then proceed to read a comic book on the topic and complete guided reading questions, and conclude by reviewing an interview on globalization with an op-ed writer from the New York Times.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 74 Views 68 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
A Ticket to Philly—In 1769: Thinking about Cities, Then and Now
While cities had only a small fraction of the population in colonial America, they played a significant role in pre-revolutionary years, and this was certainly true for the largest city in the North American colonies: Philadelphia. Your learners will begin by considering how a city is like an organism, adding to T-charts that list what the main intakes, internal processes, and outputs of a city are and how they are performed.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History 115 Views 86 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Redistricting: Drawing the Lines
Difficult redistricting concepts are covered in a context that will make it understandable to your government scholars. They begin with a KWL on the term redistricting and then watch a video to answer some questions. They analyze political cartoons using a graphic organizer (included), focusing on satire.
7th - 12th Language Arts 31 Views 104 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Lesson: Factors in a Successful College Experience
What obstacles face Navajo teens living on reservations? Let the stories do the teaching as scholars watch clips and read articles about the Native American youth experience. There are several clips provided, which you can easily access on the website.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 61 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Factors in a Successful College Experience
How does community or cultural identity influence the decisions to attend or graduate from college? Clips from the documentary Up Heartbreak Hill, introduce class members to the issues two Native American seniors face as they consider post-high school plans.
9th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Roots of the Cold War
When and how did the Cold War begin? To answer this question, you will not find a better-organized, in-depth, activity- and inquiry-based resource than this! Executing best teaching practices throughout, each portion of this inquiry involves detailed analysis of primary and secondary source material, supporting learners as they develop an answer to the resource's guiding question.
9th - 12th Language Arts 130 Views 127 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Colonization Effects From First Encounter through US Federal Policy
Students examine American policies. In this Native American history lesson, students compare and contrast life in America prior to colonization and following it. Students discuss policies that displaced Native Americans.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 20 Downloads
This presentation reviews the ins and outs of nineteenth century imperialism. The narrator discusses the colonization of Africa in great detail, and delves into the effects of industrialization, superior technology, and widespread disease on the imperialistic motivations of European powers.
13 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Does the Defense of Marriage Act Promote the Health, Safety, Morals, and General Welfare of the Public?
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer. Participants are then assigned a side, either for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or against DOMA, and in groups of four (two for and two against) present their arguments.
11th - 12th Language Arts 22 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Battle Behind the Pumps - Exploring Supply & Demand
After considering the role that gasoline plays in our lives and our dependence on it as a society, learners participate in a reading activity discussing why the price of oil is increasing. They will then simulate being members of a committee that must review a bill to suspend a fuel tax, acting as special interest groups and legislators.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 20 Views 13 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
That's Moor Like It!
How do modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays relate to their original source material? Middle and high schoolers focus on Shakespeare's play Othello and its screen adaptation "O" to explore how modern film adaptations of Shakespeare have the potential to both enhance the original literature and detract from its meaning.
6th - 12th Language Arts 9 Views 91 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable