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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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Elections: Polling, Debates, Voting, and the Final Countdown

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
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...
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Caucus 101

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Want to get your students, their parents, and your community involved in the democratic process? Although designed for Iowans, you don't have to be from that state nor does it need to be an election year to benefit from the resources in...
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Presidential Campaign Commercials 1952-2016

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What better way to develop an awareness of the power of presidential campaigns ads than by analyzing them? The resources in this collection ask class members to develop criteria for evaluating effective ads, and to examine the claims,...
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World Governments and Mapping Activity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here you will find maps, great informational text, and vital information on political systems and government. The slide show provides material on democratic and nondemocratic systems of government as well as a map activity intended to...
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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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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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Absolute Monarchy v Democracy

For Students 7th - 9th
Put your learners into groups to compare the differences and similarities in Absolute Monarchy and Democracy. This useful handout includes three rows: one for the seven functions of a Monarchy, and two for political comparison. An answer...
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Ancient Philosophy: Greeks or Romans?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
New ReviewWhile often not recognized, the ideas of ancient Greek and Roman philosophers still echo today. Using a series of videos and graphic organizers, individuals explore how ancient Greeks and Romans have influenced current Western political...
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Feudalism: A Social and Political System

For Students 6th - 10th
In this Feudalsim worksheet, students read a 1-page selection about the topic, examine the listed Web sites about the topic, and then respond to 14 short answer questions about the information presented.
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What are the Philosophical and Historical Foundations of the American Political System?

For Teachers 10th
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...
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Political Systems

For Students 8th - 10th
In this political systems worksheet, learners read the dialogue examples in pairs to explore political systems within Britain.
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American Focus on World Constitutions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders read several passages to gain an understanding of the nations that have adopted a constitution similar to the United States Constitution. This is a scripted lesson that is intended to build content-specific vocabulary and...
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Honoring An Imperial Legacy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research, compare, and identify imperial Rome's impact on modern governments. They compare the political system of ancient Rome to modern political systems throughout the world.
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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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Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 12

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students investigate various political systems around the world. They complete a chart that compares the U.S. political system with other nations' governments, conduct research on a selected nation, and present an oral report.
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An Introduction to Alexis De Tocqueville’s Democracy In America

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Structure of Government within the EU

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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.
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Comparison of Political Ideologies in the Context of Constitutional Preambles

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils examine the various philosophies that form the foundations of political systems of major world countries.
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Communism

For Students 8th - 11th
Clarifying the differences between Capitalism, Communism, and Socialism, as well as describing the historical contexts for each, this video will help viewers understand the meaning of Communist and Capitalist countries. This resource...
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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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An Introduction to Immigration and the Canadian Political System

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders take a citizenship test before learning how their own ideology fits in with current political parties. They create questions for a debate and learn the process of registering to vote.
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Congressional Committees: Crash Course Government and Politics #7

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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Drafting Board: Interest Groups

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Does the influence of interest groups harm a political system? Your class members will analyze the role of interest groups in American politics, as well as consider the effect of perspective, bias, loyalty, and the First Amendment.
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Revolutions in Russia

For Teachers 10th - 12th
From the fall of the Czars, to Stalin as Dictator, this presentation outlines major shifts in political power during the Russian Revolution. Easy to follow and great for taking notes, your class will be able to obtain the information...
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Political Systems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this political systems worksheet, students discuss the type of society they would prefer, a class-less one regulated by democracy or a society with all levels of income and wealth, regulated by free market.
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FDR-Hitler: Conflicting Political Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare and contrast the governments of the United States and Germany during World War II. Using different media, they identify the actions of both countries during the war and their major mistakes. They write a short summary...
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How Man Negotiates Away His Natural Freedom

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Pupils recognize that our legal-political system hasdeveloped through a process of moving from philosophical ideals to compromised working models. They apply John Locke's views to the development of U.S. political theory and systems.
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Vocabulary: Political Systems

For Students 6th - 8th
In this political systems vocabulary worksheet, students choose the vocabulary word that does not belong in each set of words.  Each vocabulary word is related to political systems of Great Britain.
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West African Art

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of West African Art. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They focus upon the history, geography, economics, and political systems. The information is used to...
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Can You Hear Me Now? North Carolina's Pre-Registration Law

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Did you know that in some states your pupils can pre-register to vote? Teach the advantages to pre-registering and engage the classroom in an intriguing discussion about youth voting trends. Class members participates in a live polling...
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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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Foundations of the American Political System

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars examine the foundations of the political system in America. Analyzing state constitutions, they discover the principles that were used to develop political institutions. They discuss the advantages of a common market and...
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An Introduction to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Change is not always best. Edmund Burke's pamphlet Reflections on the Revolution in France takes this perspective as he argues against the potential instability of upending the traditional government model in France. High schoolers watch...
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An Introduction to Hans Morgenthau's Politics Among Nations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can countries avoid global warfare if they all act the same way? Consider the importance of international relations with a video analysis of Hans Morgenthau's 1948 work, Politics Among Nations, which cites liberal idealism as a factor in...
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A Guide to Political Donations

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Voters determine the outcome of elections, but campaign donors can influence the attitudes of those voters. Explore nine examples of donors and the amounts of money they want to contribute, and the legal ways the groups can or cannot...
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An Introduction to Thucydides’s History of the Peloponnesian War

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why was Thucydides's History of the Peloponnesian War so influential in his time, as well as in modern politics? Learn about the distinctive features of the text, including its lack of adherence to divine influence, and the details of...
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Political Forum Viewing Guide

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is there a way to determine a winner of a political debate? Use a helpful rubric to evaluate the issues, specificity, evidence, reasoning, and delivery of candidates in a debate. After assessing each person's performance, high schoolers...
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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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Debates

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
How do the presidential debates of 2016 compare to the debates from the 1980's? What about the 1960's? Evaluate a chosen candidate or issue from the 20th and 21st centuries with a lesson plan focused on political debates. Middle and high...
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The Etruscans

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The Etruscans were a mighty civilization that living in what is now known as Tuscany. Discover their politics, military, writing system, and rulers of Rome through a visual presentation. The work is already done, all you need to do is...
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Democracies in North America: Canada, the United States, and Mexico

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine democratic values. In this democracy lesson, students research the political systems of Canada, Mexico, and the United States in order to compare and contrast them. Students also discuss domestic and international events...
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Politics and Youth: ESL lesson

For Teachers 8th - 10th
English language learners focus in on using proper grammar and sentence structure when discussing British Government. Students are given an opportunity to learn more about the UK's political system and how British youth view politics....
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The Structure of Tribal Leadership

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students identify functions of tribal government, create a diagram of tribal structure, write a summary of research findings and give an oral presentation.  In this structure of tribal leadership instructional activity, students research...
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How Man Negotiates Away His Natural Freedom

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Pupils recognize that our legal-political system has developed through a process of moving from philosophical ideals to compromised working models.
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Israel/Palestine and Saudi Arabia

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine governmental structures in place around the world. In this political systems lesson, 7th graders discuss components of a modern economy, and read two articles. Students answer questions after reading articles and...
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Diversity and Equality

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how our political system addresses issues of diversity. After reading an included article, they discuss the constitutionality of student-led prayer in schools. Working in groups, they role play a Supreme Court case...
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Political and Economic Systems

For Students 6th - 8th
For this politics and economics social studies worksheet, students utilize their textbook to complete an outline with 10 details pertaining to political and economic systems.
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Political Systems in Louisiana

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners examine propaganda as it relates to political campaigning. They' attention be focused on a few important basic concepts they need to explain the functions and use of propoganda.
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An Introduction to Aristotle's Politics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Are politics a necessary and natural part of society? High schoolers view a brief explanation of Aristotle's Politics to learn more about the ways Greek society — and modern society — form the political world to help citizens improve...
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Discovering the European Union Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Using the provided scavenger hunt worksheet, class members research a member of the European Union and then incorporate their findings into a presentation for the whole class.
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Dividing the Powers of Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Who does what? To develop an understanding of the balance of power between the US federal and state governments, class members research responsibilities in terms of legal systems, security issues, economic activities, lawmaking, and...
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History of Political Parties in the U. S.

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders name some of the parties in the political system of the United States. They identify the two main parties along with key information, issues, events, elections and/or people for each system. They then break into groups...
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Political Puzzles

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate how different liberal democracies around the world organize their governments and decide major policies. They compare their findings to the American political system, using examples of current political issues.
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Understanding Communism Past and Present

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students can learn about communism by exploring the countries where this political system was established.
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Mosaic America: Patterns of Racism

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders use print and electronic resources to gather and analyze information on the political system in the United States. Using the Constitution, they identify and discuss instances of racism included in amendments and laws. ...
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Inner Workings of Cabinet

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explain the relationship of the Cabinet within the Canadian Government structure through video, worksheets and spreadsheets.
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The Electoral Process

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students explore the U.S. political system by completing several worksheets. For this government election lesson, students define and describe the two main political parties in detail to one another. Students read a piece written by a...
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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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How We Got to Kansas-Nebraska

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the causes of the Civil War. In this lesson on slavery students use primary sources to examine the evolution of the issue of  slavery and in the American political system. Students will then write a follow-up essay that...
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Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders assess different ways that significant individuals and events influenced economic, social and political systems in the United States after 1880. They experience a Navajo code talker's dictionary to create and decode messages.
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American Government 2e

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
An informative resource provides a textbook on American government that covers topics such as the definition of government and how democracy works. Each section provides brief questions at the end to assess scholars' understanding. 
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Apathy Cartoon Analysis

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewIn informative lesson plan provides scholars with a variety of political cartoons to understand how the images convey messages or opinions. Academics work in small groups to complete the handouts that accompany the cartoons. They also...
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Who Has the Power?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewMiddle school scholars complete a hands-on activity to understand who has the right to vote. They review multiple scenarios to determine eligibility and read outcome cards to understand how voting rights have changed over time. Young...
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Poll on Apathy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewScholars participate in a group discussion on apathy and voting rights before beginning a polling survey. They use a pre-written survey to poll people in the community on their voting habits. Once the process is complete, young...
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My Life

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewWhether a person is old enough to vote or not, the government still plays a role in their daily life. Young scholars keep a journal to document how regulations affect their day-to-day lives. Once they complete the journals, academics...
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Reich On? Maybe Not...

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Learners analyze the economic impact on social structures as demonstrated by a role-play activity. They compare and contrast the characteristics of the political systems during WWII and investigate the causes of the Holocaust and other...
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Text for Dictation: Polital Systems

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In this text for dictation worksheet, pupils take dictation from a passage containing ideas and vocabulary about political systerms in Britain.
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Population Diversity in Southeast Asia

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore diversity in ethnic, lingual, religious, and political systems of the people of Southeast Asia. The activity's focus is designed to foster an understanding of the complexity of the region.
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A Recipe for Democracy - Roman Democracy Lesson Plans

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students can take a look at the political system of Rome through Roman Democracy Lesson Plans.
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Upholding Community Values Leadership, Government and Kings

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students analyze political systems of African cultures. In this political systems lesson, students compare and contrast the political systems of African cultures by studying objects of art for the values of the governments. Students...
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Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 3

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine affirmative action policies. They analyze the positive/negative aspects of affirmative action. They study historical development and current status of principles, institutions, and processes of political systems.
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Tutankhamen's Gift

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders identify the ancient "cradles of civilization." They compare cultures from different parts of the Eastern Hemisphere. Students describe various ways leaders are elected, appointed, or acquire power. They discuss ways...
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Comparative Governments--Dictatorships

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the origins and characteristics of different political systems found throughout the world. They discover how different philosophies take hold in different types of communities. They compare and contrast how power is...
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A Day for the Environment

For Teachers 7th - 10th
On April 22, 1970 over 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day. But why? The beginnings of what is now a world-wide event, celebrated in over 190 countries to support environmental awareness and protection, are the focus...
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If Men Were Angels: Teaching the Constitution With the Federalist Papers

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Much like the methods of group work, the writers of the Federalist Papers worked together to advocate for their viewpoints against the anti-federalists. The resource enables learners to break into small groups and conduct research before...
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Social Security: 5 Day Lesson

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Did the New Deal fundamentally shift the role of the American government in the economy? Your class members will examine the interpretations of various historians in answering this question, and use a variety of primary and secondary...
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Social Studies: Church and State

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Discuss the separation of church and state as it relates to government entities. This is a great way to launch a discussion on the relationship between these groups. Learners analyze this relationship in governments throughout the world,...
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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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George Washington: Centerpiece of a Nation

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
A neat Presidents Day activity, this lesson provides a culminating learning experience for upper elementary aged learners. After analyzing George Washington's, "A Display of the United States of America," your learners will conduct...
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Unit 2: Development of Feudalism in Western Europe

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
How did feudalism help to establish order in Europe during the Middle Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire? Here you'll find a collection of videos and a student packet of worksheets to supplement your unit on the subject.
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The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Changes in Voting Participation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers give examples to indicate how voting participation changed in the first half of the 19th century, and make connections between changes in voting participation and the results of the election of 1828.
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The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Expansion of the Voting Base

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers give examples to indicate how the franchise was extended and limited in the first half of the 19th century, and cite some differences in the newly enfranchised population that could affect the way they would vote.
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A Lesson To Accompany "The First Bank of the United States: A Chapter in the History of Central Banking"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is an interesting topic. Learners examine the economics that led to the founding of the First Bank of America. They participate in a reader's theater experience depicting the debate between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson...
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The Crisis in the Ivory Coast

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Through reading a variety of news articles and other informational texts, learners discover the political turmoil and intense ethnic and religious tensions that envelop the Ivory Coast today. Class members research the historical...
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Gilded Age Politics

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Discover the incredible degree of corruption that existed in urban political machines during the late nineteenth century. This video offers a great review of the workings of Tammany Hall and major scandals of the Credit Mobilier and the...
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Lesson 3: Constitution Principles: Popular Sovereignty and Limited Government

For Teachers 12th Standards
Explore two principles of the Constitution. This plan encourages seniors to focus in on popular sovereignty and limited government. They examine the relationship between popular sovereignty, limited government, and citizenship as they...
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The Progressive Era

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did citizens in the United States work to solve problems associated with development of American industrial capitalism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century? Discover the progressive era with an engaging and...
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World History and Geography: The Mayan Civilization

For Teachers 7th Standards
Do you want to implement technological skills along with social studies concepts but don't know how? Then this plan was made for you! Sixth graders storyboard and present a multimedia presentation to their class while also learning...
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George Washington Crossing the Delaware: A Study of Setting and Character

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine "Washington Crossing the Delaware." In this American Revolution lesson, students analyze the painting, research its background, and then perform skits based on their findings. 
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Making Your Voice Count

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
As learners watch a video on voting, they take notes on a worksheet that lists various voting topics, including electoral and popular votes, early voting, and exit polling. Then, young people research the Internet for their state's...
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Building a Pyramid

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After reviewing the structure and powers of the three branches of the US government, groups investigate a problem and research what is being done to address this criticism.
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Naturalized Citizens and the Presidency

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution takes center stage in a lesson that asks class members to assume the role of state senators, debate a resolution to amend the U. S. Constitution to permit naturalized citizens to run for...
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A Day in the Life of an Ancient Athenian

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
To learn more about life in ancient Greece, viewers spend a day with Athenians Archias and his wife, Dexileia. Viewers learn about Archias's household and observe the roles of his wife, his children and their tutors, and his slaves. Then...
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What “Machiavellian” Really Means

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Is Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince a directive to autocrats to rule by any means necessary, or a warning about the ways free citizens can be dominated by rulers? A short video suggests that Machiavelli's famous work might have been...
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Race and Voting Rights in 2016

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Voting rights come and go so what are you going to do about it? That's what this resource wants to know. Class members participate in an activity that demonstrates how voting eligibility requirements have changed over the course of US...
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Using Bar Graphs to Understand Voting Patterns

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Bar graphs are used as a way to study voting patterns in the United States. A variety of statistical data is presented in the graphs, and pupils must interpret the data in order to make a report to the class. Three excellent graphs,...
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Economics: Market Surveys

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Send your enthusiastic entrepreneurs' career sense into motion with a business-minded lesson plan. They review and dissect business plans before applying their findings to their own business venture. Scholars then identify whether or not...
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Birmingham, 1963: Spring Jubilation Part 2

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
The release of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Birmingham jail, the Children's March, and the bombings of the Gaston Motel and the home of Reverend A.D. King's home. As part of a study of the civil rights movement, class members...
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Birmingham 1963: Spring Jubilation Part 1

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
As part of a study of the 1963 quest for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama, class members view a PowerPoint that details the struggle and analyze Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."
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Australia and New Zealand

For Students 7th - 10th Standards
Send your learners off on a research adventure with a worksheet 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 geographic...
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Analysis of Marbury v. Madison

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Should the United States Supreme Court have the power of judicial review? Instructors guide class members through a review of Marbury v. Madison and assist class members in writing a brief of the case. As independent practice,...
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Supreme Court Case Overview I

For Teachers 9th - 12th
As part of a study of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, class members examine four Supreme Court decisions—Gitlow v. New York, Mapp v. Ohio, Gideon v. Wainwright, and Griswold v. Connecticut—that incorporated the due...
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Inauguration and Transition

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The United States government functions smoothly only with the successful and peaceful transition of power. Explore the ways that presidential inaugurations can set the tone for these transitions, from careful planning beforehand to...
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1984

For Students 9th - 12th
Readers of Nineteen Eighty-Four use their answers to questions about George Orwell's tale to complete a crossword puzzle.
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Lesson: Looking Closer: The Artwork of Shinique Smith

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A critical discussion regarding the nature of Shinique Smith's second-hand clothing art is the foundation for the lesson plan. Critical thinkers fully analyze the meaning behind her work, taking close consideration of where the clothing...
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To Market We Will Go

For Teachers 2nd - 9th
Introduce your class to the world of economics in this ELD lesson plan, which takes them through a market simulation. They work in teams to create businesses and produce products or services. Each team must buy materials as well as pay...
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Homemade Political Parties

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Use this 5-day lesson to clarify the platforms of the two major parties, comparing and contrasting against students' beliefs. Begin by looking at unlabeled summaries of both party platforms, having learners identify most with one. Groups...
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Freedom and Dignity Project

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explore slavery and the civil war. In groups, 11th graders discuss and slavery and identify reasons for its beginning. In groups, they role-play a character for a talk show. Students determine what slavery was like in...
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The Importance of Representative Democracy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the general concept of representative democracy, and compare/contrast the American representative democracy to the monarchical system. They research the role of legislative bodies in serving the government,...
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Preparing for the Possibility of Terrorists

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research the terrorist threat to the United States. They examine types of possible attacks and the best way to be prepared for each. Students disseminate information to the community. They publicize the school disaster plan.
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Protesting within First Amendment Rights

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students research the First Amendment and what it says about the right to peaceably assemble as well as read in particular about those who were arrested or removed from an area for being disruptive during a protest on the War in Iraq....
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Driving Safety and Distractions

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students perform research about the problem of distractions caused by technology. The importance of the problem is formulated after the research is done. Students write an article based upon answering the problem.
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Personal Decision-Making

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore decision-making models and processes and learn the skills for effective decision-making. Students apply these skills to their daily lives. Students develop attitudes of valuing a collaborative approach while...
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The Fall of Rome and the Beginning of the Middle Ages

For Teachers 7th - 10th
A major turning point in world history is the focus of this presentation. Rome has fallen, and with its descent comes the Dark Ages. With pictures, maps, and important information about the Middle Ages, this slideshow would be a great...
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China's One-Child Policy: Is it Working and is it Worth it?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Build up to a persuasive essay with a small-group discussion. Class members take one day to prepare, reading and categorizing pieces of evidence for the pro and con side of the argument. On the second day, groups of four discuss the...
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River Dynasties in China

For Students 7th - 10th
In this Chinese history worksheet, students read the noted textbook pages and then respond to 12 matching questions regarding the dynasties of China. 
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The First American Party System: Federalists and Democratic-Republicans: The Platforms They Never Had

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the beginnings of the political party system in the US. They determine the key positions of both the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. They compare the views of the early political parties with those of today.
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The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson and the Growth of Party Politics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers analyze changes in voter participation and regional power, and review archival campaign documents reflecting the dawn of politics as we know it during the critical years from 1824 to 1832. Students utilize worksheets and...
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Political Parties

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers engage in a lesson plan that is about the development of political parties in the United States government. They conduct research using a variety of resources. They use some key focus questions to guide the activities and...
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Meet the Press: American Presidents

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students interpret historical evidence presented in primary and secondary resources. For this presidential history lesson, students research the accomplishments of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frankiln D. Roosevelt, and Barack...
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The Man Who Made the Presidency

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the contributions that George Washington made to the presidency. In this presidential history lesson, students analyze primary and secondary sources regarding Washington and the precedents he set. Learners write position...
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The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Territorial Expansion and the Shift of Power

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars make connections between changes in voting participation and the election of 1828, and describe regional factors evidenced by the voting results of the election of 1828.
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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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Democracy Class

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the voting process.  In this democracy lesson, students watch a video about the history of voting rights, discuss voting concerns of young voters, learn how to register to vote and hold a mock election.
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Voting

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate voter participation in the U.S. They watch and discuss a Bill Moyers video, complete a handout, and develop a plan to help a community overcome obstacles to voter participation.
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George Washington & Civic Virtue: The Necessary Elements of the Republic

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the character of George Washington. In this George Washington lesson, students read "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior,"  Washington's First Inaugural Address, and his Farewell Address. Students use the included...
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George Washington's Foreign Policy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students compare George Washington's foreign policy to the policies of presidents who followed him. In this primary source analysis lesson, students compare Washington's Farewell Address to the Roosevelt Corollary, the Monroe Doctrine,...
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McMUN Model United Nations

For Teachers 10th - 12th
If you have been searching for a plan to run a model U.N. simulation, this plan provides some bare bones for your activity. Scholars break into blocs to research and discuss global issues and come up with collaborative solutions. In...
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The Legacy of the Warren Court

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the major decisions by the Supreme Court when Warren was the Chief Justice. In groups, they research the life and other works of Earl Warren and discuss how ones background can influence decisions. They also...
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Constitutional Issues: Watergate and the Constitution

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students take and defend positions on what conditions contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a constitutional government. They debate whether or not the government should have prosecuted Nixon over the Watergate scandal.
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George Washington Stood Here… On the Issue of Slavery

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research George Washington's stance on slavery. In this slavery lesson, students examine primary documents that reveal the relationship between Washington and his slaves at Mount Vernon.
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Jungle Discussion Questions - Chapters 6-11

For Students 9th - 12th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, students read chapters 6-11 of Upton Sinclair's' The Jungle and then respond to 12 short answer questions based on the reading selection.
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Final Regents Review: The Middle Ages

For Teachers 7th - 10th
A thorough and engaging look at the Medieval time period in Europe, this presentation includes photographs of guild crests, illuminated manuscripts, and historical documents. When coupled with a class discussion on Charlemagne and the...
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With Liberty and Justice for All

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the role of Supreme Court justices. In this judicial branch lesson, students consider the civil rights and civil liberties as they investigate Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) and West Virginia State Board...
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Respecting Freedom of Speech

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze the First Amendment. In this Bill of Rights instructional activity, students listen to their instructor present a lecture regarding the facets of the First Amendment. Students examine cases which pertain to the freedoms...
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Plagiarism, Punctuation, Capitalization

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Plagiarism, punctuation, and capitalization are the focus of this presentation which outlines the rules for using information from another source. Examples contrast improper use of source material to correct citation format. Both high...
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Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 2

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the structure and powers of the federal government. They assess the validity of recent criticisms of each branch of the federal government and create pyramid posters which simulate the structure of government.
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Honoring Property Rights

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Young scholars examine the issue of cheating. In this property rights lesson, students define honor and discuss intellectual property rights as they explore a case study.
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George Washington's Revolutionary Journeys

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students take a closer look at historical maps. In this American Revolution lesson, students examine the provided historical maps and documents to determine the assignments that George Washington assigned to subordinates during the...
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George Washington in Song

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers establish similarities to George Washington's time in office with the song "Yankee Doodle."  In this U.S. History lesson plan, students learn the song "Yankee Doodle" then create a timeline of the song and a timeline of...
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My Very Own Washington Exhibition

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners work as curators. In this George Washington lesson plan, students research primary and secondary sources in order to create their own exhibitions of the first president. Learners may visit selected Web sites in order to create...
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What Makes a General?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the duties of commander-in-chief. In this George Washington lesson, students research Revolutionary War military leaders and examine the relationships they had with George Washington. 
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The Right Choice

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine the leadership role of George Washington in the American Revolution. In this George Washington instructional activity, students read selections titled "Generalship," and "Candidate for Commander-in-Chief." After...
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Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 9

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students examine and compare/contrast the steps of criminal and civil cases. They define key vocabulary terms, develop an outline of a criminal and civil trial, and analyze the differences in standards of proof in legal cases.
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The Human Footprint

For Students 9th - 12th
In this environmental stewardship lesson, students view the human footprint website and then answer 3 short answer questions related to human impact on the earth.
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The Legacy of the "Great War"

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Learners study how the map of Europe changed as a result of the Treaty of Versailles at the end of World War I. They examine the results of the end of the Cold War.
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Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 8

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students analyze the Fourteenth Amendment. They discuss Reconstruction, read the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment, define the provisions, and in small groups analyze a Supreme Court case that was impacted by the due process clause.
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Government: The Land of Cantdo and Freedom

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students engage in a simulation assisting James Madison in writing the Bill of Rights. After determining the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation, they work in pairs to interpret the Preamble. After reading a story called,...
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School Bill of Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study the Bill of Rights. As a class, they create a "School Bill of Rights," with amendments. Students discuss the difference between rights and responsibilities and examine Supreme Court decisions dealing with the first ten...
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Cold War: Marshall Plan

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the implications of the Cold War. In this Cold War lesson, 8th graders analyze primary sources available from the Library of Congress. Students analyze primary images and documents about the Marshall Plan ane...
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In Remembrance of George Washington

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars explore the contributions of George Washington. In this early American history instructional activity, students analyze the provided eulogy for George Washington written by Henry Lee and then write their eulogies for the...
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Court Proceedings Civil Cases

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What's the difference between civil and criminal law? How do the court proceedings differ in these two types of trials? How do the standards of proof differ? Why do these differences exist? As part of their examination of the US court...
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Separate Is Not Equal

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Based on discussion, analysis of primary source documents, and with the help of a graphic organizer, young historians discover the steps that were taken to eliminate segregation in public schools in the United States. This instructional...
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Medieval Castles: Ceramic Art Lesson

For Teachers 8th - 12th
A lot went on in Medieval Castles, and they were an obvious symbol of feudal power. Have learners use clay to make a Medieval-style castle to show what they know about Europe during the Dark Ages. This resource provides basic background...
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ONE VOTE

For Teachers 5th
In order to understand the political process and the importance of voting, pupils will construct a class time line. They will group up and research a specific era, creating a time line of political events where one vote made a...
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The Problem with Profiling

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars explore the issue of racial profiling and post their conclusions to a youth message board. They research the issue of racial profiling and post their thoughts to a message board.
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Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students analyze the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. They read the background to the Vietnam War and the social, political, and miliary issues surrounding the War and how they affected President Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society Program. ...
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You and the Judicial System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore how the structure of the state and federal judicial systems affect them. They select an appropriate media and create a presentation on the structure of the judicial system, the criminal judicial system and a guide...
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The 1828 Campaign of Andrew Jackson: Issues in the Election of 1828 and Beyond

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students research the campaign and election issues of Andrew Jackson. In this presidential election lesson plan, students research the campaign of 1828. Students then list the important issues. Students discuss the political...
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Natural Rights

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders focus upon the founding of natural rights as ratified in the Constitution. They communicate a political position on an issue that is debated according to the tenets found in the Constitution.
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China: One Nation: Two Futures

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders explore the evolution of Chinese communism to its present export-driven economy. Working in groups, they examine various articles about reforms in Chinese society. They write essays about the impact of political reform on...
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Fidel Castro: El Comandante

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students view a documentary on Fidel Castro. After nearly forty years of rule, he remains one of the most controversial political figures of the twentieth century. After viewing, students discuss what they saw and research the Cuban...
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Political Parties, Platforms, and Planks

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders examine the origins and functions of political parties.  In this American Government lesson, 9th graders create a party platform to address political issues that are likely to arise during a national election.  Students...
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Political Parties Worksheet

For Students 10th - 12th
For this American politics worksheet, students respond to 3 short answer questions regarding the major American political parties and their function in American politics.
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History: I'm Watching You 24/7

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students examine the growth of authoritarian societies. Focusing on North Korea, they watch video clips looking for examples of totalitarianism and identify the problems there. They write letters to the editors of local newspapers...
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Election 2005: Campaign Issues

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students take a closer look at the election of 2005. In this British politics lesson, students listen to a lecture about the 2005 campaign and active citizenship. Students then create collages and news boards about the election. Older...
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Adolf Hitler

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students explore facts about Hitler's life and the historical events that occurred in that time, his view of history, his theory of race and his political goals. They explore his use of anti-Semitism to advance his career and consolidate...
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The Khmer Rouge

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine life in Cambodia and Vietnam from 1975-1979, Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. They discuss how an otherwise peaceful society could allow such events to take place and write a short paper and complete a culminating project.
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Negro Leagues Baseball and the Law

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine historical law and its impact on Negro Leagues Baseball and Black Americans. Students identify and research laws contributing to segregation or integration, and choose one law to reenact in a historically accurate manner.
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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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Animal Farm Study Questions and Essay Topics

For Students 7th - 10th
For this literature worksheet, students think critically about characterization, perspective, rhetoric, and the message of the novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell. Students also discuss why Orwell chose a fable as political commentary.
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The Head Bone Derby

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders use the internet to explore the responsibilities and opportunities of voting. They research information on candidates and write questions for presidential candidates.
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Analyzing Sources on Imperialism

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the concept of imperialism. In this imperialism lesson, 9th graders analyze primary sources regarding British imperialism in Africa. Students analyze the sources for credibility as they gain an understanding of the...
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Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Limited Government

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars write a letter to King George III from the point of view of Thomas Jefferson. They defend constitutional democracy and explain the differences between limited and unlimited government.
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Separation of Powers: Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discuss the reasons for separation of powers between the branches of government. They list the branches and identify the powers and functions of each.
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"The Election"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers participate in an election for the purpose of comprehending the political process and the responsibilities that come with citizenship in a free society. They elect officials with no identity and are surprised with the...
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Russia and Eastern Europe

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study Russia and Eastern Europe. They select from a menu of option activities to demonstrate their knowledge of both countries including preparing meals, reading Russian works of literature, analyzing political cartoons and...
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Government Lesson Plan 2

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students work in small group with a sheet of poster board and old magazines. They fold the poster board as indicated on the pyramid diagram. Students label each side with one branch of the government. They glue pictures from the magazine...
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Western Europe

For Students 6th - 8th
In this geography worksheet, middle schoolers find the missing word or phrase that best completes each of the 21 sentences pertaining to Western Europe.
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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...
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Animal Farm Questions

For Students 8th - Higher Ed
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on George Orwell's Animal Farm.
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Fine Tuning a Nation: Using Cartoons

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students examine political cartoons to gain an understanding of the political issues that George Washington faced. In this historical perspectives instructional activity, students analyze political cartoons about the National Bank, the...
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Government: The Mystery Epidemic

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers are able to identify some roles of government in dealing with the prevention and treatment of skin cancer. They are able to list two reasons why the occurrence of skin cancer in youths has increased.
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A House Divided: Slavery in the United States

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the history of the United States and slavery. In this slavery lesson plan, students view primary sources, complete journal writing, view videos, and answer short answer questions.
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How Much Is That Cupcake Really Worth?

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders see the basic relationship of supply vs. demand (and vice versa) as well as see the relationship of such a small activity to real world scenarios of our economy. They gain a broad perspective on economic principles.
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United States v. Thomas Cooper --

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers compare the Alien and Sedition Act to the First Amendment. They read and analyze a primary document and write a synopsis. They brainstorm challenges to the Government or President of the US.
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Examining the Declaration of Independence

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students examine the Declaration of Independence and its significance to American history. They read the document, identify America's grievances with Great Britain, and restate a part of the document in their own words.
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Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 5

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify the process of writing a case brief. They analyze the case McCulloch v Maryland. After a lecture/demo, students utilize a case study worksheet imbedded in this plan to help them explain the process of performing a case...
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Cultural Contact and Exchange

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders discuss "culture" and "popular culture." They select from a list of examples of "popular culture" a topic for research. Students share their results with their classmates. The post assessment piece of this assignment asks...
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The Ides March On - Caesar Today

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Learners make connections between the rule and reign of Julius Caesar and the leaders of other countries. They then create a news show that communicates their understanding of four essential questions that are included in the lesson.
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They Were Born Where?

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students assess where the presidents of the United States were born and analyze the role of geography in determining the outcome of presidential elections. They create graphs visualizing the birth and home states of the presidents along...
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History in the Making

For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students create and perform a skit that demonstrates the historical period and foriegn policy of a particular president. They first complete a diagram of George Washington's presidency as a class and then form small groups to research...
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Stepping Inside the Flowchart: How Does a Bill Become a Law?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the steps a bill must pass through to become a law and create a flow chart that maps the complexities of the process. They research the committees that are involved in a bill that relates to energy policy and the...
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Western Europe

For Students 8th - 10th
In this Western Europe worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer about the history, culture, economics and modern life as they read five short passages. There are also five comprehension questions.
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The Bill of Rights: Debating the Amendments

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the Bill of Rights. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students participate in classroom debate regarding the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. Students then vote for the amendments they would like...
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The Constitution: Drafting a More Perfect Union

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze an unknown primary source document to determine its origin. In this Constitution lesson, students read primary source documents and contrast and compare the evolution of the drafts of the Constitution. Students analyze...
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Declaration of Independence and Acts of Courage

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Pupils examine the trait of courage. In this Declaration of Independence lesson, students discuss what it means to be courageous and identify the courageous acts the signers of the Declaration showed. Pupils research the contributions of...
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Inspiration for and Application of the Bill of Rights

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners examine individual rights. In this case law lesson plan, students discuss the from and function of the Bill of Rights prior to investigating several cases that deal with Constitutional rights. Learners discuss the outcome of the...
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Diversity - Grade 9

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders consider the diversity of the First Nations cultures in Canada. In this cultural diversity lesson, 9th graders research the cultural groups of the First Nations and share their findings with their classmates.

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