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Lead your class in a discussion about how they believe money influences politics. After reading "Go Ahead, Try to Stop K Street" from the New York Times, they evaluate the claims in the article about the current lobbyist scandal in Washington.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Grandpa' Fight and the U.S. Government
Pupils are given the United States Constitution, students generate a list on the board of Grandpa's constitutional rights that might help him keep his home and property. Pupils become "experts," by reading and group discussion, on the 3 branches of the U.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Lesson 3: Branches of Government
Young historians climb through the three branches of the US government in the third activity of this five-part series. While reading the first three Articles of the Constitution in small groups, children write facts on paper leaves that are used to create a government tree display.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
4-H Citizenship Activity Page - Beginning Level
This is a 4-H citizenship activity page set that asks learners to examine county government, city councils, the 3 branches of the United States government, and complete a community service project. This resource also includes a word search as well as directions for a mock election and a career scavenger hunt.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Individual Rights vs. The Greater Good Within the Scope of War
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
True or False?: 3 Branches of U.S. Government
This true or false exercise covers basic knowledge about the branches of government. This learning exercise is composed of 10 statements. Learners must determine if each statement is true or false. If it is false, they write in the correct answer.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution
Students debate the constitutional principles of the United States. In this U.S. government lesson, students examine the meaning of the text of the U.S. Constitution and analyze other primary documents of the era. Students prepare for and participate in a debate of current constitutional issues.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
When Should the U.S. Government Send Troops to Another Region of the World?
Introduce your class members to the Fortified Discussion, a discussion that uses precise, academic language and factual information to support a position on a controversial topic. After reading an annotated text that presents background information on the 9/11 attacks and on the Darfur conflict, pairs create a model for a fortified discussion of when the US should send troops to other countries.
7th - 10th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Compromise is the Key
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
8th Social Studies & History
Congress and Gay Marriage
Explore Congressional debate and the legality of gay marriage. The class will examine the history of the debate in Congress and explore how Congressional members balance their personal opinions of issues with the views and needs of their constituents.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Review the United States Government, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and it’s Amendments with this lively Jeopardy game. Play this with your class at the end of a unit on the U.S. Government. Some questions are phrased awkwardly. To amend this, your students can create their own questions and answers
5th Social Studies & History
How do state constitutions differ from that of the federal government in the United States? Here you'll find an informative reading and activities that will guide your class members through the process of comparing and contrasting direct segments of the US Constitution and a sample state constitution.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Differing Federal Responses to the Great Depression: Letter Analysis
Young analysts examine two letters, one written by President Hoover and one written by FDR. Each letter contains that president's response to the role of the Federal Government during times of crisis (The Great Depression). They analyze each letter with a Venn Diagram to compare different presidential views, then share their thoughts in a class discussion.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History
How is Power Divided in the United States Government?
Need an introduction to the three branches of the United States government? Look no further! This video offers a basic breakdown of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, including their general makeup and designated responsibilities.
4 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Documents and Symbols and American Freedom
Students complete a unit of lessons on the documents, symbols, and famous people involved in the founding of the U.S. government. They create a personal bill of rights, write a found poem, design a flag, conduct research, and role-play events.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History