This Branching out into Politics: the Structure of Federal and State Government lesson plan also includes:
Do your eighth graders know the difference between the Federal and State Governments? Encourage them to learn more about the three branches in each government with a jigsaw activity. Groups work together at six different stations to become the experts of their assigned branches, and then share what they have learned through various discussions and scenarios.
- Use during an election year to connect to the current political climate
- Assign a research project to individuals or pairs in which they learn about a specific career of a politician in either the Federal or State Government
- Create a cross-curricular unit between language arts and social studies
- Aligned to North Carolina standards but applicable to any state's social studies standards
- Includes attachments for the lesson, as well as answer keys
- Offers a homework activity and additional extensions