Participatory Citizenship

9th - 12th
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Learners explore U.S. politics by completing a class project. In this National policy lesson, students review and compare the National Service Act of 1990 and the Kennedy Service Act and the importance of service in the U.S.A. Learners discuss ways they can serve their country and create a pledge with their classmates.

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Civil Service Reform: Senate Debates

Students examine the 1883 Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act. They discuss the spoils system, answer discussion questions, read and analyze speeches, complete a worksheet summarizing their findings, and report their findings to the class.

Civil Service Reform: Senate Debates

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SWOT Teams: Analyzing the Political Parties for the 2010 Midterm Elections

What are political parties and what so strategists do? For this political analysis lesson, students analyze political strategies to understand their strengths and weaknesses. They use key details from the text to learn how to create political strategies for both political parties.

The Meaning of America: National Identity and Why It Matters

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The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

Students gain a visual understanding of how the nation had changed from 1820 to 1854 by making comparisons between interactive maps of 1820 and 1854, and analyzing the new developments on the map of 1854.

The Social Security Act

High schoolers examine the Social Security Act of 1935. In this U.S. history lesson, students research primary sources in order to prepare for a mock debate of the act prior to it becoming legislation.

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