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Students discuss what is meant by the term "public policy". In groups, they use the internet to research a specific public policy issue affecting Fairfax County, Virginia. They analyze and report their findings of the effectiveness of a specific proposal or decision to end the lesson.
Learners read and discuss the Iran country Profile from the CIA World Factbook. They describe the current relationship between the United States and Iran. Students complete additional readings, and answer questions about them. They compare/contrast the situations during the 1950's and the 1970's with regard to internal Iranian politics and U.S. foreign policy.
Seventh graders explore the foreign policy relationships the United States have with other nations. After defining foreign policy in relation to how it plays out in the rest of the country, 7th graders discuss the current and historical significance of the United States foreign policy.