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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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Becoming Us

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
The mission statement of the National Museum of American History’s Becoming US: Teaching Immigration and Migration History in the 21st Century series is to provide “educational resources for high school teachers and students to learn...
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Becoming Us: Policy

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Studying the laws and policies enacted to restrict or reform immigration, including or excluding certain groups of people, is essential to understanding the complicated history of immigration in our nation's democracy. Three case studies...
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Civil War: A "Terrible Swift Sword"

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
A three-lesson unit looks at the United States Civil War. In the first lesson, high schoolers analyze primary source materials to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and Confederate armies at the beginning of the war. The...
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2020 Election Lesson Plans

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
With all the hyperbole of an election year, it can be difficult to find the facts, just the facts about candidates, issues, and ballot measures. Young political scientists, with the help of 21 resources from a nonpartisan, information...
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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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Amanda Gorman Reads Inauguration Poem, 'The Hill We Climb'

For Students 6th - 12th
Following in the tradition established by John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, the Inauguration Ceremony of Joseph Biden  featured an Inauguration Poem. National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman's powerful recitation of her Inauguration...
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Becoming US President

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It's that time of year, and the year. Once again the race is on for the White House. It's important that young voters, and would-be voters, understand the process for becoming the United States President. Class members research the...
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Do Politics Make Us Irrational?

For Students 9th - 12th
Teaching scholars about the concept of partisan-based cognitive dissonance is essential now more than ever. A short video explains how partisanship works and often causes irrational responses.
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Breaking Down the Declaration of Independence

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Are learners heavy sighing at the idea of reading a primary source, written in a language that is difficult to understand and in cursive? Look no further, because the resource breaks down the Declaration of Independence in an...
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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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The Founding Fathers and the Constitutional Struggle Over Centralized Power

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
New ReviewBelieve it or not, the Constitution was America's second attempt at a democratic government. Academics travel back to the past to explore the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation that would eventually lead to the Constitutional...
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Us vs. Them: The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
New ReviewImmigration issues are nothing new. An interesting lesson focuses on the racially motivated Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its impact on the Chinese American community. Scholars read articles, analyze political cartoons, and...
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Young People Shake Up Elections (History Proves It) Educator Guide

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
New ReviewVote, it's your civic duty! The resource provides several videos about voting in the United States. Scholars watch a series of topics ranging from youth participation to civic action. The educator's guide provides teachers with...
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Virtual Presidents Exhibit

For Students 3rd - 12th
New ReviewScholars get a glimpse into the lives of all 46 Unites States presidents. An engaging timeline details each president's background and time in office. LInks send pupils to a website with more in-depth information.
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Image Analysis: In Their Own Words

For Teachers 4th - 12th
New ReviewImages often convey more than words. Scholars examine political cartoons from the American Revolution to understand how images have the ability to express political ideas. Academics participate in group discussion, complete a worksheet,...
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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise | Maya Angelou and the 1993 Inaugural Poem: “On the Pulse of Morning”

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
President Bill Clinton asked Maya Angelou to deliver a poem as part of his 1993 Inaugural Ceremony. Class members watch a clip of Angelou's presentation, do a close reading of the full text of the poem, and respond to discussion...
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Election of 1800

For Teachers 5th - 8th
The 2020 election is not the only unpredictable one in history. The Election of 1800 highlighted an unforeseen event in a presidential election. The activity reviews documents from the elections and what happened when the electoral...
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Abraham Lincoln and Wartime Politics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Americans today lionize Abraham Lincoln, but he was controversial during his presidency for suspending cherished rights and leading the country during a controversial war. Using primary sources such as campaign materials, young scholars...
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The True History of Voting Rights

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Explore what voting rights really are in an intriguing instructional activity that explores the history of American voting. The resource examines the timeline of voting rights in the United States with group discussions,...
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The Truth About Voting

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
True or False: Only Presidential elections matter. Academics delve into common voting myths to understand what is true and why the election process is critical to democracy. The lesson uses group discussion, activities, and handouts to...
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Critiquing Hate Crimes Legislation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The high school instructional activity explores what hate crimes are and how the government has responded to those crimes. Academics read legislation, analyze political cartoons, and complete hands-on-activities to understand what...
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Why Local Elections Matter

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Uncle Sam wants everyone to vote in local elections! Geared toward middle and high school scholars, the resource explores voter turnout and the importance of local elections. Academics participate in group discussion, complete...
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Using Politics to Improve Participation in Elections

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Instructors new to teaching AP U.S. Government and Politics classes, as well as seasoned veterans, will find this teaching guide an invaluable resource. Using a project-based approach to civics education, the lessons emphasize real-world...
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Big Data and Politics

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Movie selection means more than entertainment. Learners consider what information Netflix gathers to understand the concept of "big data." Resource includes clips of experts talking about corporations that harvest the details of our...
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Balance of Power Between Congress and the President

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Three branches of government help create a system of checks and balances. A helpful resource provides a series of articles regarding the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of government. Historians answer...
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Civic Knowledge and Action in AP U.S. Government and Politics

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Vote, it's your civic duty! The high school lesson focuses on voter turnout and civic participation with a series of activities. Young scholars analyze data to discover voter turnout trends, complete worksheets, and participate in group...
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Political Polarization

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Dive into the political breach with pupils and explore the reasons for political polarization. Using clips from C-SPAN that include discussions from reporters and scholars, class members consider what is causing the political fault lines...
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Why Do Americans Not Vote in Elections?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
In an age of inflamed politics, who votes, who doesn't vote, and why are the questions everyone is trying to answer. Pupils listen to scholars, journalists and data crunchers on voting statistics to make their own conclusions. A chart...
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How will COVID-19 Impact Campaign Strategies in 2020?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
While COVID-19 has changed almost everything about daily life, it's also had a tremendous impact on the 2020 presidential contest. Using video clips featuring political advisors from both sides of the aisle, learners brainstorm what they...
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The Legacy of a Suffragist | Carrie Chapman Catt

For Students 5th - 12th
Reformers leave a legacy. The final episode from the documentary Carrie Chapman Catt: Warrior for Women reminds viewers that while reformers may show the path to change but that the journey can be costly also.
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Candidate Reflection Essay

For Teachers 9th - 12th
After writing about which of the 2020 presidential candidates the class has researched most closely represents their ideas, young political scientists take a 2020 Presidential Election Candidate Quiz to determine what candidate they in...
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What Are Ways for Youth to Engage in Politics?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Help young people become excited to participate in politics. High school historians participate in an engaging lesson focused on ways for youth to become involved in government. Scholars review articles, videos, and essential vocabulary...
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The Troubled Elections of 1796 and 1800

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Congress does more than create new laws. Political scientists delve into the elections of 1796 and 1800 to understand how political parties, the Electoral College, and personal agendas affected the election process. The resource also...
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Global Warming and the Paris Agreement

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Global warming: a political debate or a scientific fact? Young historians read text, complete activities, and participate in group discussion to understand the political debate surrounding global warming and the US decision to withdraw...
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Elections, Money, and the First Amendment

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Those who spend the most, win.  Academics read informational text, participate in group discussion, and defend campaign reforms to understand the correlation between money, the First Amendment, and election results. The resource explains...
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Winner-Take-All: The Two-Party System

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Two's company, three's a crowd. High school historians learn about the Electoral College, a two-party, winner-take-all voting system in the United States. The lesson explains the pros and cons of the two-party system, roadblocks for...
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Why Don’t More People in the U.S. Vote?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
To vote or not to vote, that is the question. Secondary scholars explore voter turnout in the United States. The resource uses informational text, group discussion, and  a worksheet to help academics understand hindrances to voting and...
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Suppressing the Vote

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Voting rights have expanded over time, but some voters are still being suppressed. A thought-provoking resource explores the history of voter suppression in the US and efforts to remove roadblocks to voting. Young historians learn about...
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Purged From the Voter Rolls: Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Once a registered voter isn't always a registered voter. Academics explore the topic of voter registration and hindrances to remaining registered. The resource focuses on data analysis, federal voter registration law, and Supreme Court...
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Polling Place Mural

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Elementary 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
Academics work in groups to create fictional characters to showcase how democracy impacts their lives. The goal of the lesson is for learners to understand how personal freedoms are important to everyday life and how government agencies...
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Vote! It's Your Right!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
An interesting lesson 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
Pupils 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
In 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 instructional activity...
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Voter Apathy Experience

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Class 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
Voting 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
What'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
Young 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
Whether 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
An 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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Who Has the Power?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle 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
Scholars 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
Middle 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
In informative lesson 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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Debate the Issue

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

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Scholars 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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If Elected...

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A thought-provoking middle school lesson focuses on the role of elected officials. Scholars participate in group discussion to reflect on the responsibilities of leaders and consider changes they would make as officials. Young historians...
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The "Right" Way

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Scholars 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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Election of 1864

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An interesting lesson plan uses a hands-on-activity and group discussion to explore the 1864 presidential election and Lincoln's plans for ending the Civil War. Designed for high school, the resource also requires historians to...
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Explosion of the Maine

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An intriguing lesson features newspaper articles to help academics understand the political impact of the sinking the Maine and how the American media depicted the event. Scholars also view a presentation, participate in group...
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Southern Secession and Abraham Lincoln’s Presidential Election

For Teachers 6th - 8th
President Abraham Lincoln: a true humanitarian or a savvy politician? The lesson plan focuses on Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the secession of the southern states. Academics interpret how Lincoln's presidential platform promoting...
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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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Separation of Powers

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore how the Constitution provides for separation of power and limited government, as evidenced by the three branches of government. They participate in role-playing situations, group discussions, and complete worksheets to...
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The American Revolution

For Teachers 4th
An empowering lesson explores the causes and complaints that led to the American Revolution. Young scholars, starting in fourth grade, complete hands-on activities, role play, and create cartoons to understand the American Revolution and...
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The American Presidency: Grades 4-6

For Students 4th - 6th
An interesting unit explains the American presidency from the campaign trail all the way to the role of the president. Historians participate in discussions, create posters, conduct Internet research, and more to gain an understanding of...
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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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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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Change of View: George C. Wallace

For Teachers 4th
Who exactly was George C. Wallace? A great lesson plan provides young historians with a hands-on activity, direct instruction, and discussion to learn about Wallace, why he was an important figure, and why he changed his mind about...
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Stereotypes vs. Statistics (Grades 4-8)

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Stereotypes can be painful if they are used to discriminate against others. Statistics, however, can be helpful in dispelling myths propagated by stereotypes. Using a thoughtful lesson plan, scholars complete graphic organizers and...
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Voter Mobilization in Texas

For Students 4th - 12th
Henry B. Gonzalez, José Luis Guttierez, and Willie Velasquez are the focus of a video that spotlights the contributions the three individuals made for the Chicano population. Actual footage alongside passionate interviews from family...
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Media Regulation: Crash Course Government and Politics #45

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate the legality of reporting the news or providing entertainment over the airwaves. Scholars discuss the limits of the Internet, television, and print media under the Constitution. 
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Election Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #36

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The candidate with the most votes wins ... right? A short video clip opens up thought and discussion on the basics behind elections and how citizens decide the victor. The concept of political parties and securing votes are at the center...
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Political Ideology: Crash Course Government and Politics #35

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate the various political ideologies that exist in the United States government and politics. The 35th video in a 50-part series outlines the sources that create a person's political ideology. 
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Public Opinion: Crash Course Government and Politics #33

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
If asked to name the senators who represent your state, could you do it? The 33rd installment of a 50-part United States and government and politics series addresses the issue of public opinion. Class members view a short video and...
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Affirmative Action: Crash Course Government and Politics #32

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How is discrimination from the past reversed? Scholars investigate the concept of affirmative action in the 32nd lesson of a 50-part Crash Course video series on United States government and politics. They use the short video to analyze...
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Civil Rights and Liberties: Crash Course Government #23

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What, exactly, are people's rights when they are arrested and charged with a crime? Learners use a short Crash Course video, the 23rd of a 50-part series, to analyze the civil rights and liberties that exist in the United States. They...
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Supreme Court of the United States Procedures: Crash Course Government and Politics #20

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How can you get a case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States? Learners research the way a court case ends up in the highest court in the 20th installment of a 50-part series covering the United States government and...
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Structure of the Court System: Crash Course Government and Politics #19

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The Supreme Court is set up to practice a concept known as Judicial Review. Scholars investigate the structure of the court system in the United States government and politics. They use a short video, the 19th of a 50-part unit, to...
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Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government and Politics #3

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars analyze why the Founding Fathers separated the governmental powers into three branches. They use evidence from a short video clip, the third in a 50-part series, to draw conclusions on the importance of having checks and...
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Foreign Policy: Crash Course Government and Politics #50

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The final video in a 50-part series on the United States government and politics investigates the need for foreign entanglement by America. Scholars analyze why we have foreign policy, which at times is for the greater good of the world,...
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Social Policy: Crash Course Government and Politics #49

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
From the birth of the New Deal during the Great Depression to today's debate on Social Security, the government has had its hand in social reform. Should the government take care of, and pay for, every social issue in the nation?...
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Monetary and Fiscal Policy: Crash Course Government and Politics #48

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered how much cash is actually available at any point in time in the United States? Scholars research how the monetary system is set up in the 48th installment of a 50-part series covering the United States government...
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Government Regulation: Crash Course Government and Politics #47

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The government regulates the air Americans breathe and the food they eat to protect its citizens from danger. The 47th episode of a 50-part series on the United States government and politics introduces the concept of government...
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Market Economy: Crash Course Government and Politics #46

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In a true market economy, the government has no role—or does it? Scholars investigate the role United States government and politics play in the economic system of the nation. The 46th video in a 50-part series introduces the concept of...
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Media Institution: Crash Course Government and Politics #44

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A short, informative video discusses the various ways the media impacts the thought processes of citizens in the United States. Scholars analyze what bias exists in the media and how to know who to trust in reporting the news. Open...
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Interest Group Formation: Crash Course Government and Politics #43

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Teachers around the nation are a part of a special interest group, through the NEA union, that fights in Washington DC for better education. Scholars investigate reasons interest groups, like the NEA, form. A short video, the 43rd of a...
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Interest Groups: Crash Course Government and Politics #42

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered if those in power actually consider the interests of their constituents? The 42nd video clip in a 50-part series on the United States government and politics introduces the concept of special interest groups....
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Party Systems: Crash Course Government and Politics #41

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars investigate the emergence of the political party system in the early days of United States government and politics. They view the 41st video in a 50-part series to analyze the reasoning behind the existence of political parties...
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Political Parties: Crash Course Government and Politics #40

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Democrats, Republicans, Tea Party members, the Green Party, and Libertarians are just some of the political parties that exist in the United States government and politics. Scholars research the creation of a political party and how they...
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Political Campaigns: Crash Course Government and Politics #39

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In 2012, each presidential candidate spent a whopping $1 billion! Learners investigate how people create campaigns and run for office. They watch a short video, the 39th of a 50-part US government and politics series, to analyze what...
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How Voters Decide: Crash Course Government and Politics #38

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever asked people who just voted why they chose a particular candidate? The answers may very greatly. Scholars analyze the key factors of how voters decide which check mark to place in which boxes. They use a short video...
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Gerrymandering: Crash Course Government and Politics #37

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Voting districts are sometimes in very weird shapes—even looking like dragons! Scholars investigate the concept of gerrymandering in United States government and politics. They view a short video, the 37th of a 50-part series, to analyze...
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Shaping Public Opinion: Crash Course Government and Politics #34

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever wondered why you believe what you believe? Scholars research how opinions form in United States government and politics. They view the 34th video of a 50-part series to analyze and discuss the impact media, religion, and...
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Discrimination: Crash Course Government and Politics #31

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Too often the majority rules, and the minorities suffer. Scholars investigate how the Fourteenth Amendment deals with the issue of discrimination. A short video, the 31st of a 50-part series, helps individuals analyze the concept of...
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Sex Discrimination: Crash Course Government and Politics #30

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does the Constitution protect someone from discrimination at the workplace, in school, or in a public setting? Scholars research United States government and politics to grasp how the law handled sexual discrimination over the...
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Equal Protection: Crash Course Government and Politics #29

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
One of the first public signs of equal protection under the law came with the Brown v. Board of Education court case in 1954. Learners use a short video clip to analyze the role equal rights play in the US court system. They research...
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Due Process of Law: Crash Course Government and Politics #28

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
You have the right to remain silent, but, what other rights do you have when arrested? Scholars investigate the rights of the accused in the United States. The 28th installment in a 50-part unit leads to opinions and discussion on the...
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Search and Seizure: Crash Course Government and Politics #27

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Open up, we have a search warrant! The 27th installment of a 50-part US government and politics series investigates the concept of just how the police can search people's belongings. The short video clip explores how, why, and when the...
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Freedom of the Press: Crash Course Government and Politics #26

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
When does freedom of the press end and national security begin? Learners research the idea of the freedom of the press under the First Amendment in the United States government and politics. They view the 26th lesson of a 50-part unit,...
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Freedom of Speech: Crash Course Government and Politics #25

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

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
A Supreme Court justice does not have supreme authority over the law. Scholars investigate how the justices on the Supreme Court balance their views and opinions as they relate to the United States government and politics. They view a...
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Legal System Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #18

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Do the courts only exist to punish people? Scholars investigate the many roles the criminal justice system plays in the United States government and politics. They research a short video clip to better understand and analyze the role the...
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Bureaucracy Basics: Crash Course Government and Politics #15

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Rules, rules, and more rules. Scholars analyze the role bureaucracy plays in the United States government and politics. Using the 15th installment in a 50-part series that explores US government and politics, a short video clip...
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How Presidents Govern: Crash Course Government and Politics #14

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The office of president of the United States is the most powerful single office in the world, but the president can't govern alone. Using a short video clip, the 14th installment of a 50-part series examines how the chief executive of...
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Presidential Powers 2: Crash Course Government and Politics #12

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Can the president of the United States do whatever he wants to do? Learners research the informal powers of the office of the president through a short video, the 12th lesson of a 50-part unit on the government. They analyze the...
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Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The president of the United States is the most powerful person in the government, right? Well, sort of. Scholars analyze the powers of the president in the scope of the United States government and politics. They view a short video clip...
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Congressional Elections: Crash Course Government and Politics #6

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Have you ever considered running for student council? Scholars investigate the process of being elected to the United States Congress. They use the sixth video in a 50-part series exploring the US government and politics to better...
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Freedom of Religion: Crash Course Government and Politics #24

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Americans can practice all religions anywhere in the United States any time they want ... right? Young historians answer the question as they research the true meaning of freedom of religion under the Constitution. A short video, the...
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Judicial Review: Crash Course Government and Politics #21

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does the Supreme Court change the law of the United States? Scholars analyze the concept of judicial review in the United States using the 21st video in a 50-part series on government and politics. Brief yet informative, it helps...
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Controlling Bureaucracies: Crash Course Government and Politics #17

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Contrary to popular belief, the government cannot do anything it wants. As the 17th lesson of a 50-part unit exploring government and politics, a short video explains the controlling limits placed on appointments and powers in...
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Congressional Delegation: Crash Course Government and Politics #13

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Why would Congress freely give up some of their own power under the Constitution? Scholars investigate the concept of the delegation of powers in the United States government and politics in the 12th video of a 50-part unit. Armed with...
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Congressional Decisions: Crash Course Government and Politics #10

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How does a member of Congress make a final decision on a bill or law? Scholars view a short video that investigates the process in which members of Congress come to their own conclusions. They analyze the impact special interest groups,...
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Federalism: Crash Course Government and Politics #4

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Who has the power? Learners investigate the concept of federalism in the United States government and politics. They view a short video to understand and discuss the concept of who controls the laws around health care, taxes, and even...
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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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US History and Government Examination: January 2016

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Looking for an exam that uses primary sources to test young historians' analytical muscles? Check out a standardized test that asks learners to answer multiple-choice and essay questions to demonstrate their understanding of American...
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The Dark(er) Side of Media: Crash Course Media Literacy

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Has the media really turned to the dark side? Explore the magic of misinformation through a video from a media literacy series. Content includes wartime propaganda, political ads, and the entertainment industry.
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US History and Government Examination: June 2018

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ready to test your learners about anything and everything related to United States history and government? The resource uses multiple-choice and essay questions to assess knowledge. 
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Make a “Deliberations” Site

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Many hot button issues require deliberations, even in your classroom! Learners work in teams or as individuals to decide on a deliberation question to make into a Google site. They research the topics in depth, discuss both sides of the...
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The Roosevelts: An Intimate History—Snapshot Lessons

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
The Roosevelt family was one of the most influential and prominent political forces in the 20th century, leaving behind a wide-ranging legacy of conservation, progressivism, and economic growth. Learn more about President Theodore...
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Interpreting the Past; Assessing Its Impact on the Present

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Even though the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt ended over 100 years ago, we can still learn something from his stances and policies that is applicable today. Class members first look over a list of prevalent political issues from the...
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The 44th and 45th USA Presidents

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The transition of power between former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump may be the first political process that your middle schoolers have followed. Fill out the details between these two leaders with a set of vocabulary...
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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 students voted. After diving in to the data using provided...
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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 plan 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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Election Reform

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Are American citizens benefitting from the current two-party election system, or is the process in need of reform? High schoolers voice their opinions with an election-themed resource that prompts them to assess a hypothetical voting...
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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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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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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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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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Understanding the Basics of Advertising

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Commercial breaks are a time to get up, stretch, and get a snack—but not so fast! Those advertisements are full of rhetorical devices, persuasive arguments, and media messages. Instead of fast-forwarding through the commercials this...
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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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Why Do We Vote on a Tuesday in November?

For Students 8th Standards
What do farmers have to do with voting on Tuesdays? Eighth graders learn more about the electoral system in America with an informative reading selection about the history of Election Tuesday. After they finish a short passage, they...
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Linkage Institutions: Interest Groups: Option A

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How are elections really run and won? Learn about special interest groups, super PACs, and lobbyists with an engaging lesson about the caucus process. Young voters research specific interest groups and analyze their part in previous and...
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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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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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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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Lesson 8: Presidential Political Ads

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. In this civics lesson, 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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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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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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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 worksheet. 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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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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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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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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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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Common Man and Contradictions: A Mock Trial of Andrew Jackson

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students examine the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. In 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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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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Presidential Primary Elections

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students explore the American primary election process. For this American government life skills lesson, students watch video clips and listen to a lecture supported by a SMART Board application. Students then discuss the 2008 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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Lesson 6: Interest Groups and Their Tactics

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

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders participate in the political campaign process. For this civics lesson, 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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Cartoons for the Classroom: Bipartisan Reconciliation

For Students 8th - 12th
In this current events worksheet, students analyze a political cartoon about bipartisan reconciliation in America and respond to 3 talking point questions.
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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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Political Bosses Lesson Plan

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars research the political bosses and the political machine in New York City. In this politics lesson, students review the term progressives, political bosses, and political machine. Young scholars study a Tammany cartoon and...
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Lesson 10: The Election to End All Elections

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders stage their own elections. In this American government instructional activity, 12th graders participate in part 2 of a series of lessons. In this particular instructional activity, students watch their classmates perform...
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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 Cartoons as Part of the Election Process

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the impact of political cartoons on American elections. In this presidential elections lesson plan, students discuss the election process and then analyze political cartoons that were published during presidential...
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Redistricting: How Our Representatives Select Voters

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

For Students 10th - 12th
In 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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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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Watergate Scandal

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners 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. Learners then research other...