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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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Can 100% Renewable Energy Power the World?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
If renewable energy sources are the best option, why aren't they used on a global scale? Junior environmentalists explore the benefits and problems associated with energy sources such as solar, wind, and biomass with a short video and...
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The Economics of House of Cards

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How does the modern television show House of Cards and its dramatization of a power-hungry congressman in American government illustrate public choice theory—the concept that politicians retain personal interests after being elected into...
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Denial on Trial

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What is the "Faurisson Affair”? What is “Holocaust Revisionism”? What does freedom of speech entail? Do revisionists have a right to voice their ideas? Such questions are at the heart of a richly detailed, thought provoking lesson...
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SWOT Teams: Analyzing the Political Parties for the 2010 Midterm Elections

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What are political parties and what so strategists do? In this political analysis lesson, students analyze political strategies to understand their strengths and weaknesses. They use key details from the text to learn how to create...
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Tea with Penelope: A 2-Point Perspective of the Edenton Tea Party

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A brief introduction to Penelope Barker sets the stage for a discussion about political cartoons and the persuasive technique used to create them. A graphic organizer aids scholars in the analysis of a piece of work using a 2-point...
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On This Day: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

For Students 6th - Higher Ed Standards
When a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the tragedy gave birth to a new age of student activism. Using video from the March from our Lives and politicians scrambling to react to the crisis,...
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2009 AP® Macroeconomics Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Political instability often rattles a country. How does it affect the economy? Scholars consider look at the issue using College Board materials. Additional questions examine the role of interest rates and reserve banks to provide...
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2002 AP® Human Geography Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Nations and states may sound like similar ideas, but these concepts have led to endless wars and conflicts. Learners explore the terms using authentic College Board materials. An additional test item delves into the influence of...
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Geography Now! Belarus

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
They speak Russian, but don't you dare say they are Russian! Belarus is its own nation, complete with a complex lingual, cultural, and political identity. A humorous and irreverent video unravels these threads with a geographical profile...
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2017 AP® Human Geography Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How have urban planners tried to attract people to cities? What can be done about booming birth rates in some parts of the world? How does a country's political structure affect the well being of its people? Scholars investigate these...
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The Nazi Party Platform

For Teachers 7th - 11th Standards
Not all party platforms stay democratic. A resource covers many political issues in Germany during the time of World War II, and teaches pupils about the Nazi party platform and what went wrong. Individuals participate in a warm-up...
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Winston Churchill - First Lord Of The Admiralty

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Winston Churchill is a larger-than-life figure, designated by the BBC as the most important figure of the twentieth century. Yet, his political career began long before World War II, and it was marked with failure. A well-rounded...
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Decoding an Editorial Cartoon

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
What advantages do political cartoons have over written editorials? Scholars discuss the topic by exploring editorial cartoons. Working in small groups, pupils analyze an Uncle Sam cartoon and complete a worksheet. As a fun extension,...
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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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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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The Columbian Exchange: Crash Course History of Science #16

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Back in 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, he discovered more than a new world! Part 16 in an ongoing History of Science series explores the Columbian Exchange and other major events in the Spanish colonial period. Viewers learn...
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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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What’s A Hot Job?

For Teachers 10th Standards
What jobs are the next best thing? Curious career scholars explore their options in lesson three of a five-part series. Pupils research job trends and labor statistics before discussing the factors that influence occupation trends. 
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The Weimar Republic: Historical Context and Decision Making

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Did you know that way before Hitler became a dictator, he actually spent nine months in a German jail? Provide the background for the escalating point before the Nazi party took over in World War II through the exercises in the resource....
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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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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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Islam and Politics: Crash Course World History 216

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Islamism, not to be mistaken for the religion of Islam itself, defines a government that uses Islam as its basis. A Crash Course World History video discusses the historical spread of Islam in context with the political presence of...
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An Introduction to John Stuart Mill's On Liberty

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Having a unique and individual perspective can be helpful for society as well as for yourself! A video analysis of John Stuart Mill's On Liberty examines the British philosopher's views of freedom and liberty, as well as how restrictions...
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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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An Introduction to Francis Fukuyama's The End of History

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man is the subject of a short political analysis video. High schoolers learn more about Fukuyama's view of liberal democracy and political rivalry, and why he believed that the...
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An Introduction to Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Could geography really be the most logical explanation for the success rate of any given population? Jared Diamond makes his anthropological contention in his 1997 publication Guns, Germs, and Steel. A short explores his main points and...
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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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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 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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Organizing Topic: Data Analysis

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Learners engage in six activities to lead them through the process of conducting a thorough analysis of data. Pupils work with calculating standard deviations and z-scores, finding the area under a normal curve, and sampling techniques....
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Party Planks

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Which political party are your class members part of? Find out with a lesson that takes scholars on a journey to explore the current election's issues and the stance each political party takes on them. 
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Considering the Role of Values in Public Policy

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Strong opinions come from deeply held values. Young citizens explore the values that are most important to them in a class discussion and activity. As they prioritize a list of values cards that include freedom, justice, and democracy,...
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The Great Electoral Race Kickoff

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do young people care about elections? Host a discussion about the role of young citizens in the electoral process with an engaging social studies lesson. As high schoolers read and respond to four statements about youth interest in...
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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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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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Political Campaign Ads

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
During a political campaign, you can hardly turn around without encountering an endorsement or attack on a candidate. High schoolers examine the ways that negative advertisement, positive advertisements, and everything in between can...
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Propaganda and Spin

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
How do you spin information to create propaganda? How is propaganda used in politics? Pupils explore the techniques used to sway public opinion, and use past and current ads as a model to design their own advertisements based on those...
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Development of American Political Parties: The Two-Party System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Was American politics always bound to the two-party system? Learn how the two-party system developed, why third parties tend not to do so well, and all the various political parties that have emerged throughout US history. Each party is...
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The Presidential Campaign Game

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students play a game. In this election instructional activity, students play the Presidential Campaign Game. Students learn about the politics and process of electing a president.
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Nov. 17, 1973 | Nixon Declares 'I Am Not a Crook'

For Students 9th - 12th
Connect events of the past to events of today. Budding historians read an eight paragraph passage describing the Watergate scandal. They then connect the Nixon scandal to sex scandals of recent times. There are six critical thinking...
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Case Study of a Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read a case study of one campaign to discover how political campaigns addresses the needs of the voters. In groups, they answer questions related to the case and discuss how the commercials affect society as a whole. They...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Presidential Candidates

For Students 11th - 12th
Build critical analysis skills with this cartoon for the classroom. Upper graders answer three critical thinking questions to help them analyze a political cartoon, which depicts how Presidential Candidates are judged and chosen. Put...
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The Presidential Campaign Game

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Upper graders play a game as a way to facilitate understanding of US Presidential Campaign issues and strategies. After being divided into small groups, a candidate will be chosen to run for office. Each group creates propaganda to get...
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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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Artists Teach Us to See the World through Visual Symbols

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders analyze a biographical piece of art by Raymond Saunders. They identify shapes, symbols, and lines that are used, and how the piece relates to the artist's life and modern society. They design and create an original piece of...
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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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Political Issues and Opinions

For Teachers 10th - 12th
The emergent adults in your US Government class can become informed, self-aware voters. This activity enables them to form an opinion about particular political issues then identify themselves on the political spectrum. Informed and...
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Early Voting, Other Election Changes are Possible

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students use the internet and linked sites to explore current voting methods in their community. They research suggestions that have been made for changes and interview people who made these suggestions (when possible). Students suggest...
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President Kennedy and Kentucky Politics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the interactions between Kentucky Governor Bert Combs and President Kennedy. They examine JFK's interest in Kentucky politics and construct history through Governor Bert Comb's interview.
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Women's Suffrage

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the role of women in the early 1900s. In groups, they use the internet to research groups who favored or opposed giving women the right to vote. To end the lesson, they note the methods used by women to finally gain...
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The Results are In! Examining Our First Vote Election

For Students 8th - 12th
The 2016 election is over, and now it's time to dig in to some data! An activity revolves around data gathered from the First Vote Project in North Carolina wherein thousands of learners voted. After diving in to the data using provided...
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Cartoons in the Classroom: Stagflation

For Students 10th - 12th
What is stagflation? Have your social studies class examine this political cartoon to define stagflation and understand recession as its defined in a political context. This worksheet would be a great warm up activity, perfect for extra...
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Cartoons in the Classroom: Economic Blame Game

For Students 10th - 12th
Two political cartoons grace this critical analysis activity. Several very good discussion questions and points to consider, could make this an interesting start to any US Government class. Prepare upper graders for identifying...
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Abraham Lincoln and the Arts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students engage in a study of history and how the figure of Abraham Lincoln has evolved into a national cultural icon. They discuss the importance of his life and how he influenced the political landscape of America in the past and present.
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The Role of Special Interest Groups

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the role of special interest groups in American politics. They conduct research on recently passed legislation, identify the influence of special interest groups on this legislation, watch a video, and read a handout.
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Cartoons for the Classroom

For Students 8th - 11th
Political cartoons have been used to decades. What do they symbolize? Why use a political cartoon instead of an editorial piece? Look at the two political cartoons illustrated here and analyze them as a class or in pairs. Consider...
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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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Presidential Sweepstakes

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders visit the National Gallery of Art and are introduced to portraiture as well as politics and presidents. They use these themes to form political parties and carry out their own "election".
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Lesson 5: Evolution of American Political Parties

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders take a closer look at the history of the Democrat and Republican Parties as well as lesser-known parties. In this American politics lesson, 12th graders view a PowerPoint presentation and then build their own political...
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Harry S. Truman - Campaign of 1948

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers establish the major events leading up to the election in 1948.  In this U.S. History lesson, students research details about Harry S. Truman, then they participate in a class discussion about him so that they are ready to...
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How Did the Progressive Party affect American Society

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the political views of the Progressive Party. In this U.S. History lesson, 9th graders read the "LaFollette Platform," then share their thoughts of the reading in a class discussion. To conclude the lesson, students...
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Politics

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy instructional activity, students respond to 10 short answer and essay questions about Politics by Aristotle. Students may check some of their answers on the interactive instructional activity. 
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Politics and Leadership

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research a historic leader and analyze how a philosopher's writings influenced the ruler in an essay. In this philosophy of government lesson plan, students view a video and participate in a class discussion on how great...
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Political Parties

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers engage in a lesson 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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Political Parties in Campaign 2004

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the 2004 campaigns of John Kerry and George W. Bush. They identify the parties and their stance on important issues. They use the internet to research information and complete a worksheet to end the lesson.
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What Really Happened at Jamestown?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students watch video clips and research online in order to postulate why there was widespread death at Jamestown. They discuss their ideas in groups and present and justify them to the class.
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The Legacy of Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady

For Teachers Pre-K - 9th
In the wake of her recent passing, spend some time acquainting your class with the life of a woman who was highly influential in politics.
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P.C. Games

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Discuss and share opinions on violent computer games. After reading an article, your class will discover the controversy surrounding online games. They analyze the suitability of computer games and write their own letters to a developer...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: The Bush and Clinton Years

For Students 10th - 12th
Examine how the Bush and Clinton years are an example of political dynasties. This cartoon provides a way to explore the concept and activate critical thinking skills in order to better grasp U.S. Politics. A fun and educational way to...
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Death and Taxes

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students explore the "death tax" and analyze statistical information about how the government taxes dead people. They research sources to determine the validity of a anti-tax group campaign and John McCain's claims about taxes. ...
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All the King's Men Theme of Politics

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
For this reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 4 short answer and essay questions based on the theme of politics in All the King's Men. Students may also complete their choice of 3 reading activities suggested.
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CRM and Political Issues

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders explore the impact of the American Civil Rights Movement. In this 20th century American history lesson, 9th graders watch "A Time for Justice," and listen to a voting rights speech delivered by President Johnson. Students...
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US Presidential Election Process and the Campaign Trail

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars campaign for president. In this presidential election lesson, students discuss the process of electing presidents, write their own campaign songs, research a campaign train schedule, and create campaign maps.
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Political Parties Worksheet

For Students 10th - 12th
In this American politics instructional activity, students respond to 3 short answer questions regarding the major American political parties and their function in American politics.
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Political Parties

For Students 9th - 12th
In this American politics worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer questions regarding the major American political parties and their platforms.
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Politics

For Students 10th - 12th
In this online interactive philosophy learning exercise, students respond to 20 multiple choice questions about Politics by Aristotle. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Watergate Scandal

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the climate of American politics. In this Watergate lesson, students analyze political cartoons and documents about the Watergate scandal and discuss the scandal's implications. Students then research other...
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The Right to Vote

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
In this voting worksheet, students identify and discuss changes in voting rights throughout American history. Then, they identify why voting is an important right for Americans. Finally, students create voting bookmarks instead of or in...
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Political Reform in the Late 1800s

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders examine the type of political reform in the 1800s. In groups, they analyze the Pendleton Civil Service Act and two other economic acts. To end the lesson, they take a quiz and discuss the impact of the acts on the...
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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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Mixing Metaphors with Politics

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Students discuss different literary devices and use them to write summaries of New York Times articles dealing with international news. They reflect on the effectiveness and appropriateness of sports metaphors in the political arena.
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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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Truth, War and Consequences

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students explore their understanding of democracy, while comparing their concept of democracy with other students. They also research the possibility of democracy in Iraq.
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Polling Place Mural

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewElementary historians explore the history of polling stations with the creation of a mural. Academics work in small groups to create a picture of a local neighborhood and use symbols to show polling locations. Scholars also engage in...
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A Body of Information

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewAcademics work in groups to create fictional characters to showcase how democracy impacts their lives. The goal of the activity is for learners to understand how personal freedoms are important to everyday life and how government...
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Vote! It's Your Right!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewAn interesting activity introduces the topic of voting rights and the election process with a mock election on snack foods. Academics select popular snack choices, campaign for the snack of their choice, and participate in a class vote....
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Vote!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewPupils engage in a mock election to determine the lunch menu for their schools. The lesson simulates an election and gives academics an opportunity to create a campaign, as well as participate in the voting process. The role-play...
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Meet the Candidates

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewIn any election there are multiple candidates, but how do they compare to each other? Elementary scholars participate in group discussion to understand what political promises are and how they affect voting. The lesson also focuses on a...
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Voter Apathy Experience

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewClass members are told to vote each day on an issue but are not reminded. At the end of the week, the teacher tallies the votes to see what the results are and how many students participated. Academics also engage in group discussion to...
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Voting Graphs

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewVoting doesn't just happen on election day. Elementary scholars vote on an idea for the classroom to understand how the voting process works and practice graphing the data. When the vote is over, academics participate in group discussion...
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Things to Do On My First Day In Office

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewWhat's it like to be mayor for a day? Elementary historians use their imaginations to describe what they would do as mayor and why. Academics create a list of ideas, share in small groups, and create a master list of suggestions with the...
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Democracy: What Is It and What Does It Have to Do With Me?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewYoung historians discover the ways in which they can participate in democracy from an early age. The lesson discusses how government regulations affect daily life and offers ideas for young people to contribute to their local...
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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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Freedom Connection

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewAn interesting resource uses the Bill of Rights to help pupils understand how it applies to their lives. Academics work in groups to create real-life scenarios that apply to each of amendments and write a short paragraph on how their...
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Bumper Stickers

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewElementary scholars choose a topic important to them, such as wearing a bike helmet, and spread a message by creating bumper stickers. Learners look at examples of bumper stickers and participate in group discussion to understand what...
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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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Vote Quotes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewMiddle schoolers use their analysis skills to interpret the meaning of several statements regarding voting in the United States. Pupils work in small groups to understand the meaning of the passages and come together to discuss their...
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Apathy Cartoon Analysis

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewIn informative instructional activity 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....
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Debate the Issue

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewA debate is a great way to understand both sides of an issue. The instructional activity gives academics freedom to choose a political issue to debate in a classroom setting. They research political issues and compose written debate...
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Political History Interview

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewScholars participate in a short group discussion on the best ways to learn about history. They then must interview older citizens about their thoughts on politics and events. Thanks to varying perspectives, individuals see that people...
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The "Right" Way

For Teachers 6th - 8th
New ReviewScholars explore the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and apply them to real-life scenarios. Class members also participate in group discussion to reinforce their understanding of the importance of protecting personal freedoms. 
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GI Forum Mobilizes

For Students 4th - 12th
The GI Forum, a group of Mexican-Americans focused on getting their fellow citizens to the polls in the 1960 election introduces young historians to Hector Garcia  who helped President Johnson create reforms for ethnic minority groups. 
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Jacksonian Democracy

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Jacksonian Democracy ... a total success or a complete failure? Young academics examine Jacksonian Democracy, including the concept of the supremacy of the federal government and the forced relocation of Native Americans. Scholars...
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Gulliver's Travels

For Students 4th - 8th
A five-minute video showcases the children's tale, Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift. While the narrator reads rhymes, an animated Gulliver sets sail to visit several new destinations—each with a fantastic adventure. Clickable links...
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Carlos Vaquerano

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
An 11-minute video shines a spotlight on Carlos Vaquerano, an El Salvadorian who made his way to the United States of America at the age of 15 to escape the dangers that took over his country. Interviews detail how and why Vaquerano left...
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Why Is Aristophanes Called "The Father of Comedy"?

For Students Higher Ed
Set your class racing to find copies of Aristophanes’s plays with an engaging introduction. A well-designed video helps college-level viewers who are gaining an understanding of ancient Greek history learn that the social commentary in...
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Watching the Returns

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Elementary learners may be too young to vote, but they're not too young to be politically aware. Encourage future voters to keep track of election results during a presidential election with a handy map and lesson plan. As the polls...
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Women in Texas Politics: Winning the Vote, Three Pioneers, and Serving the People

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study women's involvement in Texas politics. In this US history instructional activity, 4th graders discuss woman suffrage, examine three Texas female pioneer legislators by reading biographies, and explore women's issues...
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Early Presidents

For Teachers 4th
Students are introduced to the lives and contributions of the first seven presidents of the United States. They, in groups, conduct further research on one of these president and his political platform and design a presentation for the...
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Lesson 8: Presidential Political Ads

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. In this civics activity, 12th graders use the provided rubric and reference handouts to create their own presidential ad campaigns. This is day eight in a series of eleven...
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Political Illustration

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Young scholars investigate and discuss current and historical techniques used by political illustration artists in this introductory lesson provided by Oregon Public Broadcasting. A video is provided. Additional resources should be...
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Evaluating Information: Focus on Election 2004

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Analyze what happens when two sources provide conflicting information with this lesson about the 2004 Presidential election. After viewing and discuss ads from the  campaign, middle and high schoolers view the website "factcheck," a...
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The Nominating Process

For Students 11th - 12th
Ten questions engage students in thinking about what they have read. They are quizzed on basic concepts related to the nomination process and primary elections.
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Understanding History, Religion, and Politics in Jerusalem and Beyond

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine the reasons behind the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Exploring multiple perspectives, they discuss the concepts of peoples' rights and justice in the area. They practice applying conflict resolution principles as well.
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Do Factions Control Political Parties Today?

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students establish how the first political parties were formed.  In this U.S. History lesson plan, students work in groups to share their personal viewpoint on various topics provided by the teacher, then they are assigned to bring a...
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Origins and Functions of Political Parties

For Students 9th
In this origins and functions of political parties activity, 9th graders answer 20 short answer questions about political parties in the United States.
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Making Conventions Unconventional

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discover how Internet altered the public's involvement in the 2000 Democratic and Republican conventions, and synthesize their evaluations of convention sites to design their own pages for a convention-related Web site.
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World War II Worksheet

For Students 9th - 12th
Learners respond to two essay questions that require them to consider how the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 changed the climate of politics in America. They discuss if this change is similar to attacks that occurred after WWII.
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Voters, Ballots, and Elections: Matching

For Students 6th - 8th
After studying voting and elections in the United States, have your class show what they know. They match 15 terms related to voting, ballots, and elections to the proper definition. This is a great way to practice vocabulary or content...
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Political Differences 2

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A single slide provides students with a graphic organizer to fill out about political differences. Categories include state representation, The House, Missouri, and California. Tip: Save this PowerPoint to use as a template for more...
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Obama as a Writer

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the writings of President Obama. In this Current Events lesson, 12th graders read and analyze two articles by President Obama. Students discuss their reactions to these articles.
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Piggy Tale Election

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students explore U.S. politics by reading a classic children's story in class. In this electoral system lesson, students read the book "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and discuss the different sides of the characters in the...
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Cartoons for the Classroom: Bipartisan Reconciliation

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events worksheet, learners analyze a political cartoon about bipartisan reconciliation in America and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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Using Primary Sources to Discover Reconstruction

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders discover how reconstruction had an impact on racial issues in the United States. In this Reconstruction lesson, 5th graders are introduced to primary vs. secondary resources and then rotate through stations to view...
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Producing a Manifesto

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore manifestos. They discuss the significance of manifestos and consider how they may shape future policy and law. Students research a topic for a manifesto and create a manifesto dealing with the assigned topic. They...
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Choosing a National Capital

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the decision to make Washington DC the national capital. They discuss the points of compromise between Jefferson and Hamilton and explain the importance of the Potomac River to the capital. Students role play being a...
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Presidential Campaigning--Front Porch Style

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers compare and contrast "front porch" political campaigns and modern day traveling campaigns of past presidents. Using the internet and other sources, they explore President Harding's campaign and platform. Using the internet...
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Progression of Political Movements

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the various political parties throughout history. In groups, they are given documents identifying the platforms of the parties in the 1868 election. To end the lesson, they share their information with the class and...
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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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Political Traditions

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students compare and contrast the political institutions in Greece, Rome, and the United States. In groups, they take this information to determine the influences on James Madison when organizing the republic. They develop a chart and...
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Get Out and Vote!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers examine political activism. Pupils discuss forms of political activism, specifically voting. They listen to Public Service Announcements. Classmates write and record their own Public Service Announcements to encourage...
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The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Interactive Map Activity

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students utilize an interactive map to explore the 1858 Senate campaign in Illinois. They examine how factors such as population, transportation, and party strongholds can affect campaign strategies. Students write an essay discussing...
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The Cricket World Cup

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explore the influence of politics on the Cricket World Cup. Students research and gather information on the World Cup. They create a report on their findings. Learners debate why England should or should not stay out of...
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The Day Before

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars explore the impact a major event has on people and on history as their team selects an event and publishes their own magazine to recreate the times in which such an event occurred.
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A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the power of images through political cartoons, particularly in light of the Danish caricatures of Muhammad that have incited violence around the world. They create their own original artwork to submit to an appropriate...
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Writing Exercises: The Presidency of Bill Clinton

For Students 8th - 12th
How much do your pupils know about the Clinton administration? For this resource, class members respond to five questions about the Clinton presidency. They may need to research online or in their textbooks to find the information...
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The Politics of Student Loans

For Students 10th - 12th
Give your upper classmen something to think about. They'll read a New York Times article on the politics of student loans. The six comprehension questions will have them thinking about the impact legislation has on how much they'll pay...
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Politics and Religion in 17th Century Dutch Art

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders examine different pieces of Dutch Art. They identify its social and political meanings by using cultural and historical information. They examine maps of the time period as well.
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The First American Party System: Events, Issues, and Positions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify factors which lead to the development of the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans. They examine the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton as well. They discuss what elements are needed for an orgainized...
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Common Man and Contradictions: A Mock Trial of Andrew Jackson

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. For this Andrew Jackson lesson, students conduct research to prepare for a mock trial regarding the president's image. Students engage in historical research prior to the mock...
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Technology and the Media

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the roles and influence of technology and the media on American representative democracy. They examine the effects of the Internet on citizens' role in government and the role and effects of media on the...
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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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Political Cartoons as Part of the Election Process

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars explore the impact of political cartoons on American elections. In this presidential elections instructional activity, students discuss the election process and then analyze political cartoons that were published during...
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Writing a Political Leader

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Students peer edit a letter.  In this editing lesson, students peer edit a letter written to a political figure by another student. Students discuss edits and revisions needed for improvement. This is a continuation lesson that is part...
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Candidate Obama Support and President Obama's Agenda

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students research categories within President Obama's agenda and create a PowerPoint presentation. In this President Obama agenda lesson, students research a category within President Obama's agenda and present their topic in a...
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No Joke - My Voice Counts!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students respond to cartoons. In this social and cultural issues lesson plan, students examine how cartoons can be used to get a message across to the reader. After examining numerous cartoons, students create their own cartoon with a...
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President John Kennedy

For Students 4th - 5th
In this President John Kennedy learning exercise, students read a 2 page article and then circle 8 multiple choice answers to 8 questions or facts referring back to the article on President John Kennedy.
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Washington D.C.: A Walk in Their Shoes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the important contributions historical people have made upon Washington DC. They read given sources and discuss the cultural and political climate of early Washington DC. Students write a journal of a fictional...
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African-American Art and the Political Dissent during the Harlem Renaissance

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the culture of African American art. Using the internet, they research the events surrounding the Harlem Renaissance and discover how it produced a wide variety of art and literature. To end the lesson, by...
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1986 Capsule: Hispanic Influence in the New World

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Learners research the conditions in Spain during the 15th and 16th centuries. In groups, they write a paper on the information they gathered during their research and why the situation is unique to Spain. As a class, they discuss the...
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Rainforests of Madagascar: Role Playing and Decision Making

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine reasons for deforestation and become familiar with Madagascar and its culture, while describing biological and abiotic components of a rainforest, and looking at aspects that must be addressed to resolve the issue of...
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Playing it Safe

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the importance of an election and act as political advisers for an upcoming election. Students create platforms for various candidates, by writing a letter to their candidate with suggestions for winning the election.
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Donkeys and Elephants and Voters, Oh My!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students celebrate party politics. In this American politics lesson, students discover what the 2 main political parties in the country are and discuss their functions. Students then participate in a classroom simulation that requires...
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Lincoln, Douglass, and Black Emergence (Literature and Politics, 1840-1865)

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the ideas of Lincoln and Douglass. In groups, they compare and contrast writings from each man and how they formed the nation with their ideas. After watching "Glory", they discuss how people like Lincoln and Douglass...
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Star Politics

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss the advantages of a celebrity running for a public office. After reading an article, they examine the results of the California governor recall vote. In groups, they research the aspirations and career of a celebrity...
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Afghanistan: People, Places and Politics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers discuss their prior knowledge of Afghanistan. They work together to complete a study guide about Afghanistan's people and places. They present their information to the class.
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War Games

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine the issues outlined in Vice President Cheney's speech about potential United States military action against Iraq, then participate in a role-play activity.
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Redistricting: How Our Representatives Select Voters

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the practice of redistricting. In this American politics activity, students read the provided articles "The Gerrymander," and "Reforming the Gerrymander." Students respond to the provided discussion questions.
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Victor Hugo

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners identify the early life and influences of Victor Hugo, explain and identify the major contributions in the life of Victor Hugo and describe the political influence Victor Hugo had on the French government in the 19th Century.
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What is Your Issue?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students discuss and debate critical political and social issues facing the United States today.
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Construction: A Thematic Unit

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research different city departments and organizations that make up a city and choose a type of house to model. In this construction lesson students build their own city and present it to the class.
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Presidential Primary Elections

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners explore the American primary election process. In this American government life skills instructional activity, students watch video clips and listen to a lecture supported by a SMART Board application. Learners then discuss the...
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Lesson 6: Interest Groups and Their Tactics

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders discover how special interest groups sway voters. In this American Politics lesson, 12th graders research selected special interest groups and complete the 3 provided handouts that accompany the lesson.
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Lesson 9: The Election to End All Elections

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. In this civics lesson plan, 12th graders use the provided rubric and reference handouts to conduct classroom elections that require them to garner public support, deal with...
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Native to Maryland

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore Native American tribes in Maryland. In this Maryland history lesson, students investigate Native American tribes in a webquest. After completing the webquest students create a triarama.
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Introductions to Elections and Government

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders explore the process of election. For this elections and government lesson, 8th graders complete a K-W-L chart and research the Internet to complete a fact sheet and report on to their peers. This lesson is day two of a two...
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Campaigning Kids!

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students investigate state and national politics by holding a class election.  In this government instructional activity, students utilize video and still cameras to record election races within their class.  Students express their...
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Land Use and Lawmaking in California

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students investigate the laws of using land.  In this California Government lesson, students examine the many uses of land in California and find an environmental issue they care about.  Students write a letter to a politician based on...
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A Day in the Life

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students inquire about the politics and culture of Ancient Rome. In this Ancient Rome project/unit, students research life during ancient Roman times and create a newspaper with articles on politics, sports, culture, and economics.
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A Day in the Life: Studying Ancient Rome

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Class members use their knowledge of Ancient Rome to write articles for an online newspaper. Using WebBlender, learners craft articles that feature Roman politics, culture, and leisure activities.
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An Upbeat West Side Story: Puerto Ricans and Postwar Racial Politics in Chicago

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders read an article about the migration of Puerto Ricans to Chicago. As a class, they identify the barriers the immigrants faced regarding employment and separation from family members. To end the lesson, they work with a...
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From Hero to Politician

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the lives of American politicians who served in the military. In groups, they research the family, childhood, education, military and political career of their chosen hero. They write a biography, exploring the...
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We the People: Promise and Practice in our Constitution

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students examine the concept that the constitutional government guarantees that our government is not all-powerful and analyze the purposes of our government that are listed in the Preamble. They assess that equality under the law and...
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World War I

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the condition of the world from 1880 until the start of World War I. After watching a PowerPoint presentation, they discuss the causes and effects of the war and complete a study guide with a partner. To end the...
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Social, Economic and Political Groups

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine the educational system from 1870 through 1920. In groups, they research how different social, political and economic groups changed the way education was taught. They also identify any changes they would make to...
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A Shared Past - Presidental Election of 1952

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore percentage of votes received by presidential candidates in Texas from 1932-1944. They create a bar graph of the collected data. From interpreting data, students conclude what factors brought about the Eisenhower...
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Cartoon and Political Poster Analysis

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students explore the late 1800s as a time of demographic change in the US. They view the role of media during this time in the form of posters and political cartoons. They create a political poster/cartoon that deals with current...
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Golden Globe as Gauge

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss the significance of the Golden Globes and other awards as indicators of the current cultural and political climate. After reading an article, they identify the nominees for the 2006 Golden Globe awards. Using the...
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Mending the Rift

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students determine what factors identify a country's political borders. After reading an article, they investigate questions surrounding the Great Rift Valley. On a map, they trace the valley from Asia through Africa and research the...
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The Political is Personal

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine their own political party affiliations and political beliefs. After reading an article, they discuss how students at Duke define their political philosophies. They brainstorm events, people and experiences that have...
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POLITICS AND RELIGION: Targeting Faith When It Counts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners research current articles about the influence of religion on the presidential election of 2004.
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Focused Learning Lesson: Civics

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Learners review and discuss the role of media and how it influences public opinion in politics. They complete a test and graphs over the material.
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Imperialism Political Cartoon Assessment

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students work from topics provided by the teacher to create a political cartoon that illustrates imperialism throughout the world, focusing on that which led up to World War One.
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Taking It to the Streets

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Learners read about a protest in France, led by students against the government's labor laws targeting youth. They research student-led protests over the past 50 years and role-play student protesters, reporters, and government officials.
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Grading on a Curve?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students create a report card for George Bush based on research of key issues. They review political symbols and send a letter to the President explaining why they have given him the grades.
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The Buckshot Stops Here

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students study the incident between Vice President Dick Cheney and his friend while hunting. They brainstorm and research different scandals throughout History and complete a homework assignment.
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Name this event: Puzzle

For Teachers 6th
Warm up the class with a political puzzle where each slide progresses to reveal a part of a picture. Students attempt to name the event being displayed before all the slides are shown.
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Which Sides Are You on? A critical Issue Debate

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students study public issues and become more aware of local issues.  For this economics lesson plan students are given some local controversial issues and several viewpoints to analyze.  They then research and review the topic with the...
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Harvesting of Trees: Library Media Center Resources

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research harvesting of trees in the United States and write a summary.  In this informative lesson plan students state whether they agree or disagree with an article and write a summary on why. 
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The United Nations

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Learners are introduced to the role of the United Nations. Using the internet, they research its history and its influence on politics and peace. In groups, they create a timeline of significant United Nations conventions since World...
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Challenges Faced by the New Nation's Presidents

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders, while in the computer lab utilizing the internet, locate primary sources to interpret and analyze the struggle of the new nation to gain the respect of European countries. They interact with a worksheet that organizes...
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Simulating the Legislative Process

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and simulate a debate of an issue. They simulate proposing a bill to the legislature.
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The Life of the Party

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research and deliver oral presentations discussing how state governors' attitudes reflect those commonly associated with their national party leadership. They synthesize their knowledge by writing essays on centrist politics.
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Developing Questioning Skills by Investigating Political Cartoons

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students analyze a collection of political cartoons based on one theme to determine what information is present and what information seems to be missing to tell the story of the event.
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Diplomacy Role-Play

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore politics by participating in a class role-play activity. In this diplomatic solutions lesson plan, students listen as the teacher gives them a scenario to act out in which a student is not given advice when he or she...
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Famous Faces of the American Revolution

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders research important people of the American Revolution. In this American Revolution lesson plan, 5th graders research political, economical, and military influences.