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iCivics: Mini Media Literacy Library

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Designed for the high school classroom, the  mini-lessons in this collection combine studies of the United States government with news literacy skills. Each lesson includes a civics reading, a news literacy feature, and a news literacy...
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Political Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Designed for social studies classes, this collection of lessons examine both the history and the current state of US government institutions, policies, and economic programs.
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Legislation: Passing a Bill in the House of Representatives

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study the concept of legislation as it relates to passing a bill in the House of Representatives. In this legislation: passing a bill in the house of representative lesson plan, students identify why and how bills are introduced...
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The Legislative Branch

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
A visit to Washington, DC inspired Congressman John Lewis; a video visit to Congress and the Constitutional Convention just might inspire your learners. Using an intriguing video, viewers learn why and how the Founding Fathers created a...
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Legislation

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students rank the legislation of disabilities since World War I and write their rationale for the ranking. In this legislation of disabilities lesson plan, students do this for 5 legislations that have been passed.
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"Let us Reason Together" Lyndon Johnson, Master Legislator

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the contributions of Lyndon B. Johnson. In this congress lesson, students listen to their instructor lecture on the prowess of Lyndon B. Johnson's legislative skills. Learners respond to discussion questions connected to...
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How Do Teenagers Get a "Voice"?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Do teenagers have any "voice" in politics? Your class can research and discuss current issues. Afterward, individuals can decide how they feel about an issue and make a case either for or against it. They can then attempt to persuade the...
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The Legislative Branch

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students identify and describe the key terms as they relate to the Legislative Branch. Students describe how members of Congress are selected, how laws are created, and two of the limits on powers of Congress.
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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

For Students 8th - 12th
In this U.S. branches of government worksheet, students respond to 15 fill in the blank questions regarding the powers of the legislative branch of government.
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Our Government Today: The Legislative and Executive Branches

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the differences and similarities in the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government. They research how the legislative branch has changed over time and the issues of making new laws. They role...
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Legislators and Representation - Executive, Federal and Interest Group Relations

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the interaction between the legislature and other governmental institutions. They watch videos exploring the relationship between the state legislature and two government institutions, and the role of lobbyists on...
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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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Constitution Jeopardy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What are the categories today, Alex? The US Constitution, legislative branch, executive branch, Bill of Rights, and the judicial branch! Quiz your class with a fun interactive game that includes 50 different questions! It's just like the...
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American History Through the Len of the Supreme Court Decisions

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Students examine the historical background of Supreme Court decisions and the basic principles behind legislation. As part of the lesson plan, students discover legal concepts and terms and write sentences using the vocabulary they have...
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Congress and the Legislative Process: A Simulation in How a Bill Becomes a Law

For Teachers 10th Standards
As part of the study of the legislative process, class members research redistricting and gerrymandering, and the effects of these activities on law making. On day one of the two-day plan, individuals redistrict the state of Elbonia so...
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Congress

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Through reading materials, worksheets, and a primary source activity, this resource provides an overview of the structure and powers of the legislative branch of government in the United States. Readings review how a bill becomes a law,...
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Branches of Power

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Learners take on the roles of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government in the United States and work to develop public policy issues and ideas into laws in this engaging and well-designed online interactive.
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Who Can Influence Legislators?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify four influences that affect how a Member of Congress decides to vote on a bill, and describe ways that individuals and groups influence legislators.
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Differences and Settlement in the Legislative Budget Process

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students discuss the issues at hand when legislators are trying to agree on policy. In groups, they role-play different roles within a sub-committee when trying to balance the budget. They present their findings to the class and...
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Mock Legislative Body

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students form into a mock legislative body based on their self-defined political profiles and discuss what things they would like to change in their classroom, school, and/or community. They will also propose simple laws and vote on them.
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Mock Congress

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers simulate the legislative process of law-making by assuming different roles. They investigate the process by writing a bill on any subject of his/her own choice
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Parallel Timelines

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders research the history of how a particular environmental issue moves through the Conservation Movement. They create timelines that show the progression of public sentiment and the legislation about the issue.
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Speaking Out Against War

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research on the Web and in other venues to track the Iraq war protests high school students have joined or even led. Students interview students in your community who have joined protests or expressed their views in other ways...
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My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Although this legislative process lesson is designed to accompany a specific text, it is valuable independently. Young learners participate in a picture walk (worksheet included) through My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington,...

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