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Ninth graders explore the electoral college. Through a series of lessons, they investigate the necessity of compromise in politics, voting in elections, types of elections, and becoming involved in politics. In groups, 9th graders participate in activities that demonstrate democratic participation. Activities include selecting a TV program to watch, examining party platforms, and creating a PowerPoint presentation.
What is the American Dream and how is it achieved? This lesson focuses in particular on the rise of the American Dream during the 1950s and includes a variety of primary sources for class members to interact with as they explore this idea and prepare for a Socratic seminar and a quick essay response.
Students examine the economics of voting in the United States. They explore the costs and benefits of voting in national elections and identify different types of voting. Using data from the government, they examine the numbers of people voting in different age groups and determine why the numbers are low in some age groups.
High schoolers view many viewpoints on Britain's voting systems. Students compare/contrast various forms of electoral systems. High schoolers trace the steps to proportional representation.
Students investigate a curriculum concept based upon using the Wyoming quarter reverse. They research the history of voting rights. Students also identify the important amendments of the United States Constitution. They complete a timeline of voters rights for an assessment.
Young scholars participate in a project lesson that focuses on the importance of voting. They work in groups with each member having a specific function. The teacher begins a classroom discussion to get the members of the groups to begin thinking. Then the students continue the discussion amongst themselves.
Ensure that your class knows all about giving credit where credit is due. Engage their interest with a brief conversation about creative work and a quick video about responsible use of the work of others. Then, give them some time in small groups to act as advertisers who need to select a photo for a campaign while considering copyright laws. Close the day with a review and reflection.
Learners identify historical figures who helped lead others in the voting rights movement, and research historical struggles for voting rights. They develop plans to involve young voters in the election process.
Young scholars investigate the process of voting and the safeguards that are put in place to prevent tampering with election results. They reflect upon the importance of the votes not being altered. Then students research the process of how government operates to prevent it.
Students explore voter turnout, analyzing why Americans don't vote, and citizen activism through creating community publicity about the 2004 Presidential election.
Students use print and electronic resources to research the process of voting. As a class, they participate in a mock election in which they vote for the type of books they want in their library. They also discuss the process of electing a President.
Young scholars define the term "responsibility". As a class, they participate in voting on different ideas presented to them and develop a graph showing the results. They use the internet to virtually take care of the adopted pet of the class.
Students share what they have learned about rights and responsibilities with others in their school and community through a service-learning activity.
Ninth graders investigate the issue of consumer responsibility. They discover whether consumers in the UK should be responsible for consumers from other countries.
Political satire has been around for many years and is gaining popularity as more satirical television news show are aired. Ask your class to analyze the role of political satire and humor in American politics. The resource provides articles to read as well as some links to relevant video clips. Some of the video clips provided have been removed by the user, so you might need to find a couple on your own. After a discussion, pupils compose an essay response. Class members will most likely need more time than the amount allotted to compose their essays.
Follow the steps outlined in an excellent presentation to create graphic organizers and write persuasive essays with your class. The graphic organizer is effective and translates easily into a final written product. The lesson focuses in particular on a persuasive prompt about voting and provides examples each step of the way.
Young drama pupils will perform a number of expressive speaking exercises as they consider the themes of responsibility, consequences, and justice in the very modern Australian play The Stones. With a lot of role playing and improvisation, your class will explore how emotion and character are successfully created. Because many of the activities included in this plan require public speaking, it is a perfect exercise for a shy class.
Use a fun and creative activity to introduce junior high learners to how writing changes for different audiences and purposes. The activity begins with a reading by the instructor where teens visualize a food fight in the cafeteria. In groups, they have to come up with a creative response to a provided prompt that addresses the situation read to them. They discuss the difference in language, voice, tone, and selected information provided to the principal, parents, and a friend. Strategies for differentiation are available.    
Students read excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and the Emancipation Proclamation. After reading, they write a response to one of them based on a profile they were given before beginning the activity. They use the internet to check for historical accuracy.
How did Ku Klux Klan develop and flourish in the US? How did the government respond to acts of terrorism conducted by the KKK following the Civil War? How does the government respond to acts of terrorism today? This resource launches a study of terrorism and government response. Richly detailed, the plan includes links, photographs, and worksheets. A powerful resource.

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