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Is voting in American democracy a right or privilege? What exactly are civic responsibilities? Here is a 20-question multiple-choice assessment that covers a wide range of items related to civic duty in American society.
Students explore voter registration and elections, and prepare student body for voter registration by making posters and working through rosters.
Students examine the roles and responsibilites of the president of the U.S. They identify and discuss the three branches of U.S. government, view and discuss a White House Photo essay online, and create a class book entitled, 'If I Were President.'
Students analyze voting issues. For this Bill of Rights lesson, students read articles regarding the election of 1824, government in ancient Rome, and lack of voter participation. Students discuss their impressions of each of the articles.
Learners examine the financial committment to running a campaign. They discuss the difference between electroal and popular votes. They realize how involved a political campaign is!
Students discuss the right to vote and the significance of mid-term elections. They research and discuss mid-term issues and the importance of voting in these elections.
Eleventh graders examine the job of a citizen.  In this civics lesson, 11th graders create a human timeline discussing the different groups that struggled with voting rights.  Students research these groups and present their findings to the class. 
Students share opinions about measures recently passed in their school, vote on and argue for and against hypothetical school policies, and respond to a "president's" decision to pass or veto the measures.
Young scholars identify some roles of President of the United States, decide on qualities that any president should possess, explain use of voting as method for electing President of the United States, and participate in mock presidential election in order to demonstrate understanding of democratic process.
Students study the decisions and solutions involved in winning the right to vote.They read background information on the fight for women's suffrage and its eventual success in the United States and around the world and write a persuasive essay on why women should or should not be allowed to vote.
Students simulate political debate by developing questions, listening and analyzing responses, and apply their knowledge of a candidate to make an informed choice.
Students discuss women's suffrage. In this voting lesson, students read about the history of women's suffrage and Effie Hobby's voting story from 1920. They take quizzes and research women's suffrage around the world
Students examine the voting process.  In this democracy lesson plan, students watch a video about the history of voting rights, discuss voting concerns of young voters, learn how to register to vote and hold a mock election.
After reading an interesting article comparing the disputed presidential election of 1877 to a similar event in the year 2000, kids blog a response. They read the article, check out the embedded links, then respond to four related prompts in blog format.
Students identify the constitutional responsibilities and qualifications for Congress members. They brainstorm the ideal Congressperson and critique their own member in office.
Fourth graders create a campaign, run for president, attend a political convention, and vote in a made up election. In this election lesson plan, 4th graders simulate the whole concept of an election and everything it takes to vote for President.
Students explore, brainstorm and assess the roles they play in their community, their rights and responsibilities as citizens, as well as the impact they can have on their local communities and globally by the choices they make. They participate in a local community service project with global connections.
Young scholars identify and classify the powers and responsibilities of all three levels of executive government in Australia. In this executive government instructional activity, students discuss the various services that the government in Australia provides. Young scholars categorize the services of each level of government and its management. Students then work in groups to formulate a disaster relief plan.
Students read about Nathaniel Bacon and why he set Virginia on fire. In this history lesson plan, students read and discuss this incident, discuss Governor Berkeley's response, and pick sides based on the evidence.
Class members learn how to challenge a speaker and how to respond to a challenge in an academic conversation skill-building exercise. After reading an annotated academic text and a fact sheet about protecting teens from online predators, pairs share views on who is responsible for this protection.

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