Lesson Plan

Government Power: Do the Actions of Government Effect Me?

What does the government have to do with getting a driver's license? Including the calorie count for a meal on a restaurant menu? By discussing these kinds of questions and researching how concepts behind federal, state, and local governments have evolved, learners uncover the role the government plays in daily life. Using research, they then write editorials on an issue involving government power they find important.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Research the origins of government power using included activities
  • Evaluate the role of government in daily life by discussing scenarios
Classroom Considerations
  • Class members must have access to a computer for research
  • The lesson makes content relevant to students
  • Graphic organizers and activities allow for easy scaffolding or extension
  • None