Political Systems Teacher Resources
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What are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?
Tenth graders explore the roots of the American political system. In this government lesson, 10th graders read excerpts of the Mayflower Compact and an article about John Locke's government philosophy. Students research autocratic...
Comparing Canadian and U.S. Political Systems and Political Campaigns
7th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. In this political systems lesson, students conduct research to compare and contrast the forms of government in the United States and...
An Introduction to Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy In America
3 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Alexis de Tocqueville wanted to establish a successful democracy in France, so he turned to the newest example of democracy available in the early nineteenth century: the young American government. Learn more about the observations from...
Structure of Government within the EU
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The political system of the European Union is historically unique and has been constantly evolving. To better understand the structure of the EU, class members compare the EU's branches to those of the United States Federal Government.
Elections: Polling, Debates, Voting, and the Final Countdown
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Election season is a great opportunity to hone critical thinking skills in the classroom. Teach young citizens about the ins and outs of the American political system, provide information about current and historical presidential campaigns, and encourage them to be a part of the conversation with a collection of election-related resources. Note that the first few resources are designed for the 2016 election and presidential candidates, while the following resources are easily adapted to address the 2016 election.
Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7
8 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Scholars investigate the makeup and division in the legislative branch known as Congress by watching a short video outlining the function of committees within both houses. The topic inspires active thought and discussion about the...