Political Science Teacher Resources

Here is a world of politics that you'll actually be excited to join! Find resources for analyzing political systems and behaviors, as well as the policies and procedures of state and national government.
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Using Political Cartoons to Understand Historical Events

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Examine historical perspectives through the use of political cartoons. Learners complete analysis activities related to the president's title, the establishment of the national bank, and the Jay Treaty.
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Politics of Change

For Students 8th - 12th
Empty rhetoric in Washington timelessly inspires political cartoons. Examine this concept through an analysis handout, which features a cartoon by Pat Oliphant (archived work is linked for possible extension activities). Although this...
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Political Cartoon Analysis Guide

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Political cartoons are very clever, and often have deep meanings. This worksheet has learners consider a political cartoon. Next, they answer four questions regarding the cartoon. A very clever and effective teaching resource.
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Political Parties and Conventions

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The two major parties polarize many in America today, but it doesn't have to be that way in the classroom! Teach learners about political party platforms and modern campaigns with a mock political convention. After watching a PowerPoint...
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Using Political Postcards to Teach a Revolution of Political Thought

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Discuss how political postcards affected everyday people's thoughts and beliefs. Pupils continue a unit on the Dreyfus Affair as they engage in class discussion, watch a video, view a PowerPoint presentation, and fill out worksheets to...
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Political Society

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Do people have to sacrifice something in order to live peacefully in a community? What is more important—freedom or security? These are the questions class members are asked to ponder after reading John Locke's ideas about a political...
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Urban Politics: Machines and Reformers

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
What were political machines and whom did they serve? As part of a study of US immigration patterns and how these patterns influenced politics, groups investigate how Tammany Hall and other political machines gained support from voters.
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An Introduction to Kenneth Waltz’s Theory of International Politics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Kenneth Waltz's 1979 book An Introduction of International Politics used game theory and rational calculation to discuss international relations. Learn more about the ways states rely on trust to interact with each other, and how large...
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An Introduction to James Ferguson’s The Anti-Politics Machine

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Economic development and politics are intricately connected. As part of a larger series about the world's greatest ideas, an engaging video takes this into consideration when exploring James Ferguson's The Anti-Politics Machine. The...
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An Introduction to Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do traditional customs of Islam contradict western feminism? Explore this and more using a video summary of Saba Mahmood's Politics of Piety, part of an extensive playlist about the world's greatest ideas. It addresses a common...
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An Introduction to Joan Wallach Scott's Gender and the Politics of History

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How are gender equality and language connected? A video summary of Joan Wallach Scott's Gender and the Politics of History addresses this question as part of a larger playlist that discusses ideas of the world. The summary gives an...
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Introduction: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What does the government do, exactly? Scholars investigate the many roles government plays in the everyday lives of Americans. The short video clip leads to open discussion of the functions of government and politics in the United States. 
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Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why would Congress freely give up some of their own power under the Constitution? Scholars investigate the concept of the delegation of powers in the United States government and politics in the 12th video of a 50-part unit. Armed with...
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Controlling Bureaucracies: Crash Course Government and Politics #17

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Contrary to popular belief, the government cannot do anything it wants. As the 17th lesson of a 50-part unit exploring government and politics, a short video explains the controlling limits placed on appointments and powers in...
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Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Americans can practice all religions anywhere in the United States any time they want ... right? Young historians answer the question as they research the true meaning of freedom of religion under the Constitution. A short video, the...
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Congressional Elections: Crash Course Government and Politics #6

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever considered running for student council? Scholars investigate the process of being elected to the United States Congress. They use the sixth video in a 50-part series exploring the US government and politics to better...
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Presidential Powers 2: Crash Course Government and Politics #12

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can the president of the United States do whatever he wants to do? Learners research the informal powers of the office of the president through a short video, the 12th lesson of a 50-part unit on the government. They analyze the...
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How Presidents Govern: Crash Course Government and Politics #14

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The office of president of the United States is the most powerful single office in the world, but the president can't govern alone. Using a short video clip, the 14th installment of a 50-part series examines how the chief executive of...
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Bureaucracy Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #15

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Rules, rules, and more rules. Scholars analyze the role bureaucracy plays in the United States government and politics. Using the 15th installment in a 50-part series that explores US government and politics, a short video clip...
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Types of Bureaucracies: Crash Course Government and Politics #16

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is the difference between the CIA, FBI, and the Department of Defense? Scholars investigate the different bureaucracies that exist in United States government and politics. They analyze the roles of different agencies while forming...
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Legal System Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #18

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do the courts only exist to punish people? Scholars investigate the many roles the criminal justice system plays in the United States government and politics. They research a short video clip to better understand and analyze the role the...
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Freedom of Speech: Crash Course Government and Politics #25

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Freedom of speech isn't always free—or legal! The 25th lesson of a 50-part series covering the US government and politics has scholars investigate the First Amendment's rights of verbal expression. A short video creates open discussion...
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Judicial Decisions: Crash Course Government and Politics #22

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A Supreme Court justice does not have supreme authority over the law. Scholars investigate how the justices on the Supreme Court balance their views and opinions as they relate to the United States government and politics. They view a...
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Freedom of the Press: Crash Course Government and Politics #26

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
When does freedom of the press end and national security begin? Learners research the idea of the freedom of the press under the First Amendment in the United States government and politics. They view the 26th lesson of a 50-part unit,...