Political Science Teacher Resources
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English Lesson Plan on Barack Obama
In this English activity, students read about Barack Obama. Students engage in a variety of reading and listening comprehension activities related to the article on Barack Obama.
Empowering African American Board Game
Students appreciate the colors, font types, font sizes, pictures, picture frames, backgrounds, box shapes and other graphics used in game production. They appreciate mathematical calculations (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and percentage), and various currency denominations used.
An Academic, Economic, Cultural, and Political Lesson Plan
Students reflect on how many board games they've played have African Americans, their culture or history incorporated within. They identify four street games and three card games that appeal to African Americans. They play the "Prosperity" board game.
In this famous person worksheet, students read a passage about Barack Obama and then complete a variety of in-class and homework activities to support comprehension, including partner interviews, spelling, cloze, synonym matches, and scrambled sentences.
In this Hillary Clinton worksheet, students read about the life of the politician, then complete a variety of comprehension activities. An answer key is included.
Who's the Boss?
Ninth graders explore the relationships between employees and their bosses. For this political science lesson, 9th graders examine primary documents regarding the professional relationship between Truman and MacArthur.
Middle and high schoolers explore how democracy works. After a teacher-led discussion, pupils go to websites embedded in the plan which lead them through activities that are all about the democratic process. The first website has them learn about democracy in schools and student councils. The second site teaches them about voting and representation in government. The third site serves as a closing activity in that it quizzes them on what they've learned so far. A good political science lesson plan!
Students, in small groups, investigate and present a strategy for waste management in their community using a simulation activity in which each group represents a sector of their community.
Coast-to-Coast Book Design-Part 1: What is a book?
In this first of four lessons on book design, students are introduced to the vocabulary of book design through the use of bookwalks and a non-linear PowerPoint presentation in game-show (Jeopardy!) format.
Ethnic diversity is the focus of the political science lesson presented here. In it, pupils discuss the variety of ethnicities they see at their own school. They share their knowledge, or personal experiences of the way that people of different cultures celebrate. As a culminating activity, everyone creates a piece of writing that describes the aspects of their identity that makes them special and different from everyone else. The pieces of writing are word processed and displayed on a bulletin board. This would be a great activity to do before Back-to-School Night.
Active Citizens 101
Students explore and investigate multiple aspects of citizenship and democracy in a sequence of lessons that involve thoughtful discussin and participation to assist in gaining a better perspective of what citizenship and domocracy is, and for whom.
It's All Greek to Me
Third graders examine the culture of ancient Greece. They complete a WebQuest to research information about daily life in ancient Greece, create a shoebox exhibit for a class ancient Greece museum, and stage Olympic games.
The War Lesson Plan
Students view video clips of the film "The War". Several classroom activities are included and address major themes found in the film. The lessons incorporate video clips from the film as well as additional resources provided.
New! A Global Culture to Fight Extremism
"Have you ever wondered why extremism seems to have been on the rise in Muslim-majority countries over the course of the last decade? Have you ever wondered how such a situation can be turned around?" This is a fantastic resource to begin discussion and research in your class, as Maajid Nawaz recounts his experiences as a former Islamist extremist and calls upon viewers to propagate a genuine, grassroots movement for democracy. Nawaz covers an array of topics relevant to social studies, international relations, and political science, such as nationalism, xenophobia, and the rise of extremism as a result of increased globalization.
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. Scholars find their own state districting boundaries and reflect on the implications. Finally, they use another handout to create their own political cartoon based on opinions they have formed about gerrymandering. Learners can also write a letter to their state legislature expressing these views. A rubric is included.
American Focus on World Constitutions
Upper graders read several passages to gain an understanding of the nations that have adopted a constitution similar to the United States Constitution. This is a scripted lesson that is intended to build content-specific vocabulary and understanding through direct instruction. And, while this resource does contain some interesting background information, the lesson is somewhat lacking.
Winning the Seat: A Congressional Election Simulation
Students develop a simulation of the congressional election process. They analyze how congressional elections are conducted and what determines who wins and loses. They develop and utilize different strategic options for the campaigns.
Students, after locating different marine habitats on a globe, play a card game about ecosystems, food webs and organisms.
The Social Sciences
Students search for examples of social science in and around their school. They create a Social Science scrapbook of the eight social sciences, that includes news articles and summaries that focus on each social science area.
Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider
Pupils watch a video of "Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider," complete a vocabulary list and discuss the video using the questions that are provided.