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Forms of Government Project

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
From the United Kingdom's constitutional monarchy to the dictatorship of North Korea, this is a very simple project that will help your class members gain a better understanding of different forms of government that exist around the...
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Who Rules?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
From a mind-mapping anticipation set to an interactive check for understanding activity, this resource is an excellent lesson on identifying major forms of government around the world and analyzing examples of real-world governments....
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Types of Government

For Teachers 2nd - 10th
Clear text, relevant images, and short facts about different types of government on each page will interest your students and keep them on task. After the 11 types of governance are summarized, there is a fun game; each of the 9 slides...
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Defined: The Different Types of Government

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The world is a big place, so it only stands to reason that different forms of government exist. Democracy, autocracy, oligarch, monarch, and dictatorship are all defined. An extensive explanation of US government system is also included....
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Creating a Government

For Teachers 7th - 12th
A simulation gives scholars a personal look at what goes into forming a government. Each of them is assigned 1 of 4 tribes which make up Borka, a hypothetical country. The tribe distribution is based on the percentage of people in each....
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Forms of Government: Ch 1

For Students 8th - 9th
Assist your class by clarifying aspect of various forms of government. This resource contains 5 true/false and 5 multiple choice questions.
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“State of Nature” v. Government

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a state of nature, and what does an ideal government look like? After discussing these concepts and reviewing the Bill of Rights, your young historians will be divided into groups...
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Brief Overview of All Types of Government!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A video for a high school government class defines five major forms of government (monarchy, anarchy, oligarchy, democracy, and republic) and compares them in terms of pros and cons for society. The video is good, but it does highlight...
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Which form of government?

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine different forms of government.  In this American Government instructional activity, 11th graders research a different government.  Students create a poster board on the type of government. 
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Constitution Lecture 4: Democracy or Republic?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Part four defines oligarchy, monarchy, republic, and democracy. Each type of government is defined in terms of its linguistic and historical origins and how rights are granted in each form of government. Give your upper graders a clear...
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Who's Ruling the Roost: Comparing and Contrasting the Types of Government

For Teachers 5th
After reviewing the three branches of the United States government, pupils take a look at the similarities and differences between a variety of foreign countries' governments. Small groups use a Venn Diagram that has been loaded onto a...
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The Need for Government / Types of Government

For Students 5th - 6th
In this government worksheet, students complete two pages of readings and questions. Students read a passage about why governments exist and answer 5 short essay questions. Students read about different types of government and answer 8...
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Different Forms of Government

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students define and provide examples of different forms of government. in small groups, they research a form of government, its success or failure, and its primary characteristics and achievements.
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Types of Government

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Young scholars explore different types of government. In this government lesson, students discuss the role of government in modern society, identify different types of modern governments, and play a game based on the information gleaned...
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Foundations of American Government

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pupils explore the form and function of American government. In this political systems lesson, students explore unitary, conferderation, and federal forms of government as they create products that note details regarding each.
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Democracy vs. Republic vs. Dictatorship

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Simulate the inner-workings of three different types of government with one activity. The class splits into three groups, and each group creates a Frisbee. The twist is that each group must behave like a certain type of government. Who...
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East Asia Country Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Get your young historians thinking about East Asian culture and history during this partner research project, in which they analyze a variety of East Asian aspects to prepare for a presentation. After an initial "what do we already know"...
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Following the Leaders

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Examine the historic election of Pope Benedict XVI and reflect on the challenges he faces as the new leader of the Catholic Church. This New York Times lesson investigates how other world leaders are chosen in different forms of...
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Types of Government

For Students 9th - 12th
In this types of government worksheet, students write the advantages and disadvantages and countries that follow these governments. Students do this for 7 different types of government.
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Political Geography

For Students 8th - 9th
In this Political Geography worksheet, students take notes in a chart while reading several passages, then answer five comprehension questions.
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Rousseau's ideas about natural and general rule, representative and direct democracy, and the role of government are the focus of this informational packet that also looks at how these ideas influenced the American form of government.
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The Articles of Confederation

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Have you ever started a project only to realize you need to scrap it and start over? Scholars analyze the issues leading to the fall of the Articles of Confederation. A group investigation into Articles II, III, and VIII unveil the...
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Inca Origins

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Origin stories aren't just for comic books. Learners explore the Inca origin story and compare it to other familiar creation myths with an installment of the Native American Stories series. An easy-to-use lesson plan includes an...
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Comparing Democracy and Republic

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use a graphic organizer, a T-chart, to contrast two types of government. They list facts about the two governments, and explain and defend their choice of facts to include.
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Government & Politics: Chapter 1

For Students 6th - 8th
In this United States history worksheet, middle schoolers reference their textbook to answer 18 fill in the blank questions and 8 short answer questions regarding different types of government.
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Lesson 4 James Madison: Internal Improvements Balancing Act—Federal/State and Executive/Legislative

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who has the power? The founding fathers asked the same question when the United States was formed. Learners explore issues that arose during Madison’s presidency that raised constitutional questions. Through discovery, discussion, and...
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Ancient Roman Government: Whose Voice Counts?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The Roman Republic is the source of legends, but not everyone was entitled to the benefits of citizenship. Learners consider who counted in ancient Rome, and then apply that understanding to contemporary forms of government. Individuals...
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Thomas Jefferson

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Thomas Jefferson's contributions to the US form of government, including his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and the concept of a two-party system of government, are highlighted in this informative packet.
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Code of Hammurabi

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
With this well-organized instructional activity, your young historians will analyze a variety of excerpts from Hammurabi's code, determine central themes and concepts of the document, and draw connections between Hammurabi's form of...
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Government Spending and Taxes

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What types of government programs are designed to improve economic inequity in the United States? Introduce your learners to government programs, such as low-income housing, Social Security, and Medicaid, how they work to improve...
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Wanted: A Just Right Government

For Teachers 6th - 11th Standards
What type of government did American colonists gain and seek after gaining their independence after the Revolutionary War? Here is lesson that will guide your young learners through the new nation's progression from the Articles of...
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Fiscal Policy: Non-Discretionary vs Discretionary

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Review the difference between discretionary and non-discretionary fiscal policy, and the various types of government actions that belong in each category.
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Colonies in the Americas

For Students 6th - 11th Standards
Compare and contrast the goals, types of government, interactions with Native Americans, and other important features of the Spanish, British, and French colonies in the Americas with this graphic organizer.
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Facts About Australia

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Here is a quick printable with some basic facts about Australia, such as its population, area, type of government, and currency, as well as a simple drawing of an outline of the country.
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An Introduction to Max Weber's Politics as a Vocation

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The basis of sociology rests in leadership, followers, and core beliefs driving a society. Max Weber's 20th century work Politics as a Vocation examines the path ahead for Germany after World War I, and posits that it is the role of...
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Types of Government

For Students 3rd
In this government worksheet, 3rd graders read a selection about different types of governments and complete 7 matching, 3 fill in the blanks and 3 true / false questions.
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My Way or the Highway

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars read "Saudis Uneasily Balance Desires for Change and Stability" from The New York Times and discuss Saudi Arabia as it considers a change from monarchy to democracy. Students work in groups to research and create timelines...
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Operation Iraqi Democracy

For Teachers 6th - 12th
In this lesson, students consider various forms of government and examine the idea of political sovereignty, then prepare outlines for oral presentations on international models of government. For homework, they write response papers...
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Colonial America and Roots of Government

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Learners identify 50 States and the major geographic features, regions, and political representation of each. In connection, they investigate the causes and effects of European colonization on North America. They identify the formation...
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Origins of the American Republic

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students discuss the causes and outcomes of the American Revolution and the need for the American republic form of government.
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Democracy in Action

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners consider words that reflect their knowledge and opinions about democracy. They work in groups to research countries that have recently transitioned to democratic forms of government.
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Building A Nation

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students build their own nation in groups where they create a name, flag, declaration of independence, form of government, mathematical layout, and more. In this nation lesson plan, students also provide a scale drawing of their nation...
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Who's The Boss?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Upper elementary and middle schoolers research and analyze some different types of governments. Democracies, Monarchies, and Dictatorships are some of the types that are looked at. Learners use the Internet to gather information that...
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Diversity Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore diversity through government. In this diversity instructional activity, students use types of government as a way to understand the importance of diversity. Students use "diversity beans" to facilitate discussion with...
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Compare the United States Government with Other Political Systems

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore the U.S. form of government and illustrate other forms of government found throughout the world. They explain the similarities and differences between the U.S and other governments.
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Discovering Aristotle's Three Forms

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students, working in small groups, role play different kinds of governments--oligarchy, monarchy, dictatorship, and democratic republic. They portray their form of government in a skit, while other groups guess which kind of government...
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Introduction to "Julius Caesar"

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students discuss American form of government. They read the play Julius Caesar.
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Imposing Democracy

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders discuss the probability of imposing a democracy in a country in which there is no history of this type of government being successful. Using the internet, they work together to research Japan's experience with democracy...
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify and examine the Declaration of Independence and ascertain its true intent and its eventual realization. Then they analyze the Declaration of Independence and summarize the intentions of the Declaration. Students...
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"All Men Are Created Equal"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers identify the premise of the United States' Democracy. They list the major elements of the document. Students reflect on the inequalities of the late 1700's premise of other units. They complete a KWL chart about the...
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The Sovereign State

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between a sovereign state and one of 50 states in the United States of America? Don't miss this exceptional collection of worksheets, graphic organizers, and informational texts on the features of sovereign states.
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Municipal Government: High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Municipal government takes on many roles, not just the ones we are used to hearing about such as Parks and Recreation. Scholars delve into the topic to get a grasp on how the government system functions. They participate in readings,...
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Tribal Government: High School

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Did you know there are 567 federally recognized American Indian and Native Alaskan tribes and villages in the United States alone? The resource helps break down the complexities of many different tribal societies to explain the concept...
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Political Systems: Advantages and Disadvantages

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Every political system has advantages and disadvantages. To gain an understanding of these differences, groups investigate the political system of another country—oligarchy, monarchy, dictatorship, parliamentary—and prepare a...
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Government: Balance of Power

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders conduct Internet research about the governmental balance of power. They create Kidspiration projects demonstrating the workings of the three branches of government. They compare U.S. democracy with other forms of government.
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Citizenship and Democracy

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore core democratic values. For this citizenship lesson, students discuss unitarian governments, confederation governments, the federal system, and representative democracy. Students then write about the experience of living...
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Who's Ruling the Roost: Comparing and Contrasting the Types of Government

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the different types of government found in Canada, Mexico and Central America. They identify similarities and differences in comparison to the United States government and create a Venn Diagram using the...
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My County Works

For Students 3rd - 6th Standards
A 22-page packet sheds light on the hard work taking place at a county's seat. Scholars read brief informational text and fill in information about their own county workers. Pages take you to a department around the county site each...
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Roles of the President

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars read a document which explains the roles and responsibilities of the President of the United States. In groups, they tour the George Bush Presidential Museum and participate in a Presidential scavenger hunt. Once back in...
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Greek Governments Comparison

For Students 6th - 10th
In this World History worksheet, students compare and contrast five different Greek Government systems in a chart. They identify who ruled each type of government. In addition to, students list the characteristics and weaknesses of each...
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Asia Crossword

For Students 8th - 12th
In this geography worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle on the continent of Asia. They answer 21 questions related to the type of government systems found, capital cities, deepest lake, and lowest population density.
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Forming A Government

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students simulate being on an island after their ship has wrecked, or their plane has crashed. Food, fresh water, and shelter are in short supply. They must form a government, develop laws and penalties.
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Comparing Governments

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders research and discuss the different elements of the governments of China, Great Britain, Mexico and the United States. They discuss the differences between the various governments and create explanation cards for each type...
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George Washington and the Rule of Law

For Teachers 8th - 12th
students compare The rule of law with the rule of men and consider life under each of these types of governments.In this government instructional activity, students read a primary source to examine the importance of the rule of law.They...
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Capitalism and Socialism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Capitalism, socialism, communism ... these may seem like a whole bunch of isms to your scholars. High schoolers won't  confuse them after completing an informative resource. Your class masters how to use primary sources to critically...
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The Economy and Politics

For Teachers 10th - 12th
In this economy and politics sociology worksheet, students complete 14 fill in the blank questions and 7 multiple choice questions regarding the how businesses operate in different economies and under various political control.
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Incarcerated America

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
A review of the rule of law in American society would be incomplete without an exploration of the types of consequences that exist for breaking the law. Learners discover the various punishments for convicted persons in the United...
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An Introduction to Robert Dahl's Democracy and Its Critics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Government of the people, for the people, and by the people shall not perish from the Earth." A video summary of Robert Dahl's Democracy and Its Critics, part of a larger playlist on the world's greatest...
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Nationalism Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Don't just ask your class to define nationalism, but invite them to experience it with an engaging project. Learners are divided into groups to design four items—a flag, slogan, national anthem, and historical tale—for a fictional...
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Gapminder World 2012

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Here is a very interesting infographic that compares the average life expectancies, per capita incomes, and population sizes of every country in the world in 2012.
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Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define the words: republic, Articles of Condederation, survey, Northwest Ordinance, republicanism, ordinance, ratified, and Northwest Territory. They view the video Charlie Brown Constitution.
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How to Understand Power

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Where does power come from, and why does it matter? This video will spark engaged thought and conversation amongst your class as it discusses the origins of power, how it's exercised, and what young learners can do to become powerful in...
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Ancient Civilizations

For Students 6th - 11th Standards
Here is a fantastic set of graphic organizers to accompany your study of civilizations such as ancient Egypt, Sumer, Assyria, and Persia. 
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Australia and New Zealand

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Send your learners off on a research adventure with a learning exercise on essential facts about Australia and New Zealand. It includes 18 short-answer response questions, as well as a map activity where pupils locate a variety of...
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The Fed Explains: Payments System

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How is the Federal Reserve like your body's circulatory system? A short video explains the ways the Fed keeps money moving through the economy much like blood passes through veins and arteries. Focusing on retail payments, the video...
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Athens and Sparta Comparison

For Students 6th - 10th
In this World History worksheet, students compare and contrast the Athens to the Spartans. They define their physical, intellectual, and military characteristics, as well as the form of government established. Finally, students compare...
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Understanding China: The Prospects for Democracy in China

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This document provides useful information for a unit on democracy in China. While it does not include detailed activities, it does have a list of democratic principles, and important facts about China that facilitate understanding of its...
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Comparing Utah's Past and Present Government

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders research the past and present forms of government in Utah. For this government studies lesson students analyzes different forms of government and work with a group to gather information about how Utah was/is run and then...
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North Korea-A True Totalitarian Government

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders analyze the differences among various forms of government to determine how power is acquired and used. They need to have a strong background regarding the rise of totalitarian governments after The Great War and the...
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Kings, Knights, And Countrymen

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars look back in time into the feudal form of government. They view Powerpoint presentations to take them back in time.
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River Dynasties in China

For Students 9th - 10th
In this river dynasties in China worksheet, learners fill out a chart by describing key features of ancient China under the Shang Dynasty, then write paragraphs about the form of government set up under the Zhou Dynasty.
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Comparing Democracy and Republic

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Learnerscomplete a graphic organizer comparing the republic of Rome and the democracy of Athens and realize that these two governments influenced US government.
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The Constitution: the Head of State

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students participate in a constitutional convention to debate whether Australia should become a republic. They form small groups to represent various sides of the debate such as parliamentary republicanism, popular republicanism and...
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Grade 10 ELA Module 4: Unit 3, Lesson 2

For Teachers 10th Standards
How do rhetorical devices advance an author's point of view? Scholars consider the question as they continue their exploration of Machiavelli's The Prince. They work in small groups, annotating the text for evidence of rhetoric, before...
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The Legacy of Ancient Greece and Rome

For Students 7th - 8th
Where did the inspiration for the US government system come from? From the ancient Greeks and Romans, of course. Scholars define nine terms relating to Greek and Roman government, complete a graphic organizer, and list the greatest...
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English Settlements in North America, A Royal Charter from the King

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders develop a colony to be evaluated by the teacher in the role of a "Royal Inspector". For this social studies lesson plan, 5th graders design aspects of a successful society by planning forms of government, politics, and an...
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Culture Sharing: History, Politics, Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore types of governments and political systems. In partners, students share information about their home country. Classmates work together to prepare a presentation about the history and government of a specific country.
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Politics and Power

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the various systems of government.  In this government lesson, 9th graders analyze how power is acquired and used in each type of government.  Students research and create a presentation on a type of government and...
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Strengthening Democracy In Latin America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers consider how to strengthen democratic principles in Latin America. For this government systems lesson, students explore the challenges to democratic forms of government in Latin America as they examine primary sources....
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Master of the Radio

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study the four types of government in Ancient Greece. They participate in carefully constructed role playing scenarios where the person with the power in each situation controls the radio.
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Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine how the French and American revolutions influenced and emergence of free press in these countries. Students explore the link between government control of the press and the type of government. They compare and contrast...
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Politics: From Royalty to Democracy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore forms of government in the Middle East. In this government systems lesson, students watch videos, listen to lectures, and explore websites regarding the forms of government in the Middle East
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Comparing Canadian and U.S. Political Systems and Political Campaigns

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this political systems instructional activity, students conduct research to compare and contrast the forms of government in the ...
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Authority Figures

For Teachers 1st
First graders simulate that they have been stranded on a desert island. They are not going to be rescued and they have to figure out who is in charge, form a government, and how many levels of leadership there needs to be.
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Comparing Sparta and Athens

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are taught the differences between totalitarianism and democracy. They discuss the historical roots of the democratic tradition. Students are introduced to the term totalitarianism and are told that it is a form of...
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Governmental Influence on the Construction of Dams

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars comprehend how the type of government system affects the country's ability to change the environment by construction of large projects like dams. They explain how the type of government a country has can determine the...
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Governments of the World

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils examine how different world governments function and interact with each other. In groups, they research one of the five types of governments. Students prepare news magazines, Powerpoint presentations, and newspaper storyboards...
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Types of Societies

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners compare and contrast the societies of India and the United States by creating a chart. In groups, they give examples of each type of classification. They present their material to the class while identifying the role of the...
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Price Controls: Prescribed Drugs in North America

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the nature of price controls, the impact of maximum prices below the equilibrium level on a market, the effect it can have on other markets, the requirements for effective price discrimination in a market, and the price...
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Australia

For Students 4th - 5th
In this country facts worksheet, students locate the facts about the country of Australia including the area, population, capital, currency, form of government, and other facts.
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Organize Your Own Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, in groups, design a government. They create a web page that describes the group's fictitious nation, details the citizen's culture, identifies the type of government and explores how the chosen government would respond to...
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The Shaping of the US Constitution

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine how the United States Constitution was shaped and the type of government it created. They discuss the significance of the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact. Analyzing the Articles of Confederation, they discuss the...
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Producing a concept map for governance of countries in the EU

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore, examine and study the terminology associated with governance and discover the types of governance within each EU country. They produce a mind map that concentrates on UK government and monarchy and critique the...
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Australia Report Page 1

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this Australia report worksheet, students research 6 facts about the country and write them on the blank lines next to the words: official name, type of government, population, capital, language, and currency. They write a short...
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Giving Citizens a Voice

For Students 6th - 8th
For this geography worksheet, students take notes on problems that resulted from 4 types of governments in Latin America and explain factors that lead to stable economies. Students also display mapping and graphing skills as they answer...
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Warring City-States

For Students 9th - 10th
In this war instructional activity, students use a timeline to answer seven questions about the events, then write about the different types of governments, leaders, and political units.
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The Need for Government—A Cinematic and Literary Perspective

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the philosophy of government. In this types of  government lesson, students explore literature and movie clips to determine the value of rules in lawless societies.
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Government "Kooshball" Debate

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders compare Islamic government and culture to American government and culture. In this cultural diversity activity, 7th graders fall on the same side of the issue as they debate the type of government a country should adopt. 
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Can You Save the Roman Republic?

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders review what they know about Rome. In this World history lesson, 6th graders pretend they are Romans and try to correct some of Rome's major problems.
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The Constitution: The Head of State

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learners explore politics by participating in a round-table discussion with classmates. In this monarchy lesson, students identify the different political leaders in Australia and conduct a class discussion about the country. Learners...
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The Roman Empire

For Students 9th - 10th
In this Ancient Rome worksheet, students clarify their understanding of the creation of the Roman Empire by making notes in the diagram to describe the government, society, economy, and culture.
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The Age of the "Isms"

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive world history instructional activity, high schoolers answer 20 matching questions regarding government and society. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Bi-Lateral Systems of Government

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students discover how Aboriginal forms of Government can be adapted and how the Navajo's have utilized government.
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Documents of early forms of representative government

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the steps taken to an early attempt of a Representative  form of government in the Colonial Era.  In this American Government lesson plan, 7th graders analyze primary sources. 
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Society, Cyberspace and the Future

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students locate information on the rapid growth of world population and consumption needs through the use of Internet, Cd-ROMs, laser dics and other media. They use spreadsheet to present data gathered on world population growth between...
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Australia Activity

For Students 4th - 5th
In this Australia worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer, filling in facts about area, population, capital, currency, form of government and interesting facts.
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US Government

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore the different types of governments in society.  In this US Government lesson plan students, create a list of the different types of local, national, and state governments. Students compare how authority is...
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Montana Reservation Governments

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine the types of governments on Indian reservations. In groups, they research the responsibilities of local and tribal governments. As a class, they discuss how the state of Montana meets the needs of its citizens...
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What is a Republican Government?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students engage in a problem-solving activity examining some of the considerations involved in determining common welfare in creating a republican government.
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Formation Of The Republic

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the formation of the Thirteen Colonies in the United States. They conduct research using a variety of resources. The teacher uses guiding questions in order to keep the research process going in the right...
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Breaking Down the Declaration of Independence

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Are learners heavy sighing at the idea of reading a primary source, written in a language that is difficult to understand and in cursive? Look no further, because the resource breaks down the Declaration of Independence in an...
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Exploring European Countries

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Your class members will each explore a European country of their choice and report back to the class using a creative PowerPoint or Prezi. They will not only include a basic introduction to the country, but also what they discovered...
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Iran’s 2009 Voter Uprising

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Young historians discover how thousands of Iranian citizens risked their lives in 2009 to protest what they believed to be fraudulent election results. The resource includes a fantastic warmup, PowerPoint presentation, video, reading...
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Lesson 13: Constitution/Federalism

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders compare and contrast American government with the government systems other countries. In this government lesson, 12th graders research several governments in order to complete the provided handout and make posters that...
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The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Check out this entertaining, speedy, and highly informative overview of the founding stages of the United States government. The video includes a detailed discussion of the limitations of the Articles of Confederation, the eventual...
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Counties and Municipalities: What’s the Difference?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between a county and a city? Using information they've gathered from a well-organized presentation and engaging role play, learners distinguish the kinds of government services each type of local government...
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The Declaration of Independence

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Guide teenagers through a study of the Declaration of Independence. Learners read the document, keeping a guiding question in mind as they examine this primary source. They then respond to three questions relating to the text and the...
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The Nineteenth Amendment

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Beginning with an exercise of favoritism to engage learners, progressing through image and primary source analysis of the Nineteenth Amendment and the Seneca Falls Declaration, and culminating in a look at a political cartoon...
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Anti-Federalist Paper No. 47

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
The path to a more perfect union was rockier than most history books would lead you to believe. Young historians read “Antifederalist No. 47,” written by James Madison (under the pen name “Centinel”), which sharply criticizes the...
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Constitutional Period Sample Test Questions

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Here is a standard multiple-choice assessment on the Constitutional period of the United States. There are 28 questions on topics ranging from the influence of ideas on the Declaration of Independence, federalism, and the Preamble to the...
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The Enlightenment, Philosophers, and Your Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After learning about the Enlightenment philosophers, your young historians will take part in a fantastic project where they will determine and develop their idea of an ideal government through a written portfolio. The project asks...
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The Articles of Confederation (1781-1789)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, learners respond to ten short answer and essay questions about the Articles of Confederation. They may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet.
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Practice Test: The Constitution and Democracy

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Here is a standard multiple-choice test that covers important democratic events and institutions in the history of the United States. Topics covered include federalism, organization and contents of the Constitution, and major Supreme...
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The "Federal" in Federalism

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How are states in the United States related to each other? Does the government bind them together? Do states have different governments? After reading about federal power as a whole group, your class members will participate in a...
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Investigating the Declaration of Independence

For Students 8th - 10th Standards
Teach your class about the Declaration of Independence while giving them practice working as a team. The resource breaks participants into groups and has them answer questions about specific grievances from the Declaration of...
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The Federalist Papers (1787-1789)

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
An online interactive history quiz awaits your eager upper graders. They respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the Federalist Papers, and then submit their answers to be scored. While the quiz covers some pertinent information,...
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What is the Federal System Created by the Constitution?

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Explore the unique structure of the federal system of government in the United States. Class members will learn about how most nations were organized before the establishment of the Constitution, how power is currently divided between...
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The Role of Citizens in a Participatory Democracy

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Groups research participatory democracies and compare the role and rights of citizens in ancient history with those in recent U.S. history. Guided by a series of questions, individuals compose a persuasive essay in which they discuss the...
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The Federalist Papers: Federalist Paper No. 51

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
How did Federalists feel about the federal government? Learners search for the answers in the Federalist Paper No. 51, which discusses the powers of the presidency. Then, they answer various questions to test for their comprehension of...
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Law: State, Local and National

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From common complaints against the influence of lobbyists to how bills are passed in Congress, this practice tests covers a wide range of topics regarding local, state, and national law. It is a standard multiple-choice assessment that...
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The Federalist Defense of Diversity: Extending the Sphere

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
How did early Americans ensure expansion while also securing the rights of citizens? Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, two of our early leaders, considered the problem of faction to be the "mortal disease" that created unstable...
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Documenting Democracy: Lesson Plans on the United States Constitution

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Balance and compromise. Class members come to understand the importance of these concepts as they investigate the concerns of the various stakeholders and how the format of the Constitution addressed these concerns.
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Interpreting Foundation Documents of the American Republic

For Teachers 10th - 11th Standards
Explore early American documents that qualify as primary sources. Tenth and eleventh graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the texts of the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation,...
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Country Project

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Give your young learners the chance to discover more about countries in their world community with a research project. Class members write reports on an assigned country and include such major features as geography, important historical...
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The Purpose of the Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
What does the Constitution have to do with my life? This is a question teachers hear on a day-to-day basis. Teach high schoolers just how relevant the US Constitution is to them today with essays, real-life connection activities, and more. 
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Lorenzo de Zavala and José Antonio Navarro: Their Contributions to the Independence of Texas

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Lorenzo de Zavala and José Antonio Navarro were both native Mexicans and leaders of the Texas Revolution, but with different backgrounds and careers. Compare and contrast the two influential men with a research assignment in which...
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Analogies 2 (Level 7)

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Determining the relationships between words is the purpose of this analogy activity. Learners puzzle through 10 different analogies by using bridge sentences and types to determine which pairs of words share the same relationships.
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Political Parties Rest in Peace

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Before Democrats and Republicans, there were Whigs, Dixiecrats, Federalists and Anti-Federalists, Populists, Prohibitionists, Progressives, and the list goes on. Your young historians will discover the evolution of political parties in...
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End of the Year Project

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
Looking for an engaging and informative end-of-the-year project? This resource will provide your pupils with guidelines for three solid independent research project options: family research, reviewing and illustrating a decade from the...
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Lesson 7: Constitutional Principles: Federalism

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine federal and state powers. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, 12th graders read excerpts of the Federalist Papers and discuss the "Supremacy Clause." Students respond to questions about the roles of federal and...
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Athens vs. Sparta

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Three regents questions, a compare and contrast exercise, and a bit of topical review on the similarities and difference of Athens and Sparta. Kids review the material, read several passages (not included), then work together to complete...
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Comparative Government Project

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Within these guidelines for a comparative government project, you'll find some very useful worksheets that support learners in breaking down demographic, economic, and political information regarding each of their chosen countries and...
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Forbidden Faces: Effects of Taliban Rule on Women in Afghanistan

For Teachers 9th Standards
The rule of the Taliban and America's war on terror are major issues in today's international affairs. Help acquaint your learners with the Taliban and its rise to power, dispel common misconceptions, and study the effects of their rule...
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Federalists & Anti-Federalists

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The differences between early federalists and anti-federalists are highlighted in a brief informational packet that also includes activities and writing prompts.
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Advocacy 101

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Want a change? Become an advocate. As part of a study of the responsibilities of good citizens, class members engage in a series of role plays which model how to lobby for change.
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Anti-Federalist Paper No. 3

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Who were the Anti-Federalists and what do primary sources tell young historians about their beliefs? Learners read Paper No. 3 to understand their values in relation to government, such as their discussion on foreign policy and the pros...
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Travel Diary

For Teachers 10th
Darwin kept a travel diary as he voyaged to South America, noting the politics, geography, cultures, animals, and interesting facts he encountered. Your class will do the same. Each student chooses a country to research and keep a five...
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The Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 8th - 11th
After identifying the key principles at the heart of the Declaration of Independence (consent of the governed, representative government, limited government, the social contract, the basic rights of humankind, the ideal of equality among...
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Who influences the development of the laws?

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore how laws are created. They examine how committee members are selected. Students assess the influences that affect the voting of Congressional Committee Members. They identify the formal majority and minority leaders...
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The Congress of Vienna

For Students 7th - 10th
In this Congress of Vienna instructional activity, students read the noted pages in their textbook and then respond to 10 fill in the blank questions about the congress.
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Elizabethan England Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Set the stage for your next literary or historical adventure into Elizabethan England with this straightforward worksheet, which includes questions covering the political, social, and economic situation of the period. Ask your class to...
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 10 - Exercise 1b

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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The Glory That Was Greece: A Test

For Students 7th - 9th
Did your class just finish a unit on Greek life, culture, and conquest? If you think they know everything there is to know about Ancient Greece, then put them to the test with this exam, which contains thirty multiple choice questions.
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The First Communities

For Teachers 6th - 10th Standards
These documents list essential questions and foundational concepts associated with early civilizations and farming communities in the agricultural revolution. Use this as a starting point for developing specific lessons and activities...
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Lesson 21: Drafting a Constitution

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders compare American governments to other governments of the world. For this government lesson, 12th graders research the government structure in several countries, share their findings with their classmates, and determine...
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What Can You Find in the Cabinet?

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Looking in the cabinet can be fascinating! Examine the various departments of the Executive Cabinet in this group research project, which jigsaws so each small group has a different department and presents to the class. Groups create...
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Latin Roots dict, duct, and vent: Crossword Puzzle

For Students 7th - 11th
The website housing this crossword puzzle offers 8 activities to support mastery of vocabulary containing Latin roots dict, duct, and vent. No word bank is on the page with the puzzle, but the site has three levels of lists for each root...
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Hitler's Fatal Gamble

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students consider the differences between totalitarianism and democracy. In this comparative politics lesson, students will read a handout describing the major components that comprise totalitarianism and democracy, then they will apply...
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Politics and Power

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the different systems of government politics and power. As they study they'll record their reflections in their journals and in return share their insights with their classmates. For mastery, 9th graders prepare...
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Our National Documents

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read and analyze the founding documents of the United States. They read and discuss the article "Understanding the Meanings and Purposes of Our National Documents" by Richard J. Gonzalez, complete a KWL chart, and create a...
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Gun Control and Terrorism: Laws or Loopholes?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the Second Amendment of the Constitution. They research and organize key arguments and other fundementals of gun control. They participate in a debate defending the wording of the Second Amendment.
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Bill of Rights: Rights and Responsibilities

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the importance of individual liberties found in the Bill of Rights and recognize the significance of the Fifth through Eighth Amendments. Then they recognize the significance of the Declaration of Independence and that...
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Bill of Rights: Rights and Responsibilities

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the meaning of freedom.  For this U.S. History lesson, students research the Declaration of Independence and how it relates to American freedom by completing activities and a mock trial.
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The Roman Empire (60 BCE-160 CE)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about ancient Rome. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive worksheet. 
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Our National Documents

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify and interpret traditional historical points of reference in U. S. history through 1877. Then they identify the foundations of representative government in the United States. Students also identify the American beliefs...
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"Breadline": The Great Depression Causes, Consequences and Recovery

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students compare prices of popular items of late 1920s to cost of those items presently, determine which companies are best in which to invest, analyze causes and consequences of stock market crash of 1929, and evaluate significance of...
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Expansion and Reform: Applying the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct inquiries and research-acquiring, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, evaluating, and communicating facts, themes, and general principles operating in American history. They use the Declaration of Independence to...
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Questions for Study

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 8 short answer and essay questions about Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Students may check some of their answers online.
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Governmental Philanthropy: The Marshall Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Was The Marshall Plan an example of government philanthropy? Of private sector philanthropy? What were the effects of The Marshall Plan? The consequences? Class members conduct research, examine primary source materials, and then craft...
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The Legacies of Africa and China

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders analyze the contributions of early civilizations in Africa and China. In this world history lesson, 7th graders  research Internet and print sources regarding scientific and cultural attributes of Africa and China....
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To Sign or Not to Sign: The Ultimate Constitution Day Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners examine the ratification process. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students discuss the ratification process and read a play based on the process. Learners debate the ratification process and determine whether they personally...
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The Equator

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars investigate cultures located along the equator. In this geography skills lesson, students research the geography, history, culture, and tourism of Ecuador, Indonesia, Kenya, Brazil, and Singapore. Young scholars write an...
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Twisted Textbook

For Students 6th - 8th
For this paragraph structure worksheet, learners read an excerpt about Europe and identify the sentences that focus on human characteristics as well as physical characteristics. Students rewrite the selection as two paragraphs that...
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James K. Polk

For Students 6th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 48 multiple choice questions about James K. Polk. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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P.E.R.S.I.A.N Note-Taking

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Have you tried the useful acronym of PERSIAN to help young historians gain a comprehensive understanding of a nation or civilization? This is a great handout detailing what types of notes should be taken when considering the political,...
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Hopi Tribal Council

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Focusing on the differences between traditional Hopi government and the Hopi Tribal Council, this resource is a good addition to your unit on Native American culture. Learners conduct Internet research, analyze primary source photos, and...
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League of Nations

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the purposes and mandate system of the League of Nations. They watch a PowerPoint presentation on the mandate system and complete a fill-in-the-blank worksheet, and participate in a "pick your side" activity.
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Being a Discerning Asian and Global Citizen

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Twenty-four pages of exercises provide practice and assessments of grammar skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and more! Instructions are clear, and the resource is carefully constructed with answer keys for each...
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The Rights of the Child

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Don't be fooled by the size of the resource: these few pages provide the blueprint for a substantial, thoughtful unit on children's rights and the different philosophies and approaches that the United States and other countries have...
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Lessons from the Holocaust

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discover what a dictatorship is by examining the holocaust.  In this government activity, students discuss the laws that were enacted for Nazis to take control of Germany, and the types of laws we have put place to prevent that...
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Across The Centuries

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the American Bill of Rights, compare it to the English Bill of Rights and note the differences in an essay. They access websites imbedded in this plan to do their research, then present their findings to the class.
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Checks and Balances

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
In this government lesson plan, students are introduced democracy and the idea of checks and balances. In groups, students research one particular branch of government and record their findings on a graphic organizer. Students then...
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Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims

For Teachers K
Teach kindergartners about the First Thanksgiving with a series of lessons about the Pilgrims' journey to the New World. As they practice handwriting, CVC words, reading comprehension, and fun Thanksgiving songs, they learn about what...
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Empire State-Building

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore how empires around the globe have impacted the world in which they have existed. They analyze whether or not the United States is an imperialist nation and create their own empires based on their understanding of empires...
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The French Revolution (1789–1799)

For Students 8th - 12th
In this online interactive history quiz worksheet, students respond to 50 multiple choice questions about the French Revolution. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Latin America and United States Policy Today

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare the situation of Latin American immigrants with the situation of immigrants from other areas of the world. They use media to obtain information on topics of academic interest, personal interest, and intellectual interest.
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Foundations of American Government

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students explore civics vocabulary through skits and games, conduct web research and write responses to the themes of efforts in early American Government and the identification of reasons Americans need government.
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Democracy: An Introduction.

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students study the U.S. Constitutional System and how it compares with forms of democracy that developed in ancient Greece and Rome. They list and explain the requirements it takes to form a society to be considered a nation.
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Hitler¿¿¿s Fatal Gamble ? Comparing Totalitarianism and Democracy

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students compare/contrast totalitarianism and democracy and examine their roles in World War II. They read a handout, complete a Venn diagram, and participate in a class discussion.
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Changes In The New Nation: New Beginnings

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students consider the role of American newspapers in the revolution and plans for new government. In this early American history lesson, students determine how communication provided by newspapers contributed to the organization of the...