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What is Government? Infographic Activity (Free Bonus Product)
Perfect "Hook" Infographic (Warm-up) Activity to a lecture or lesson on the definition of Government and the State. Students analyze the infographic in order to answer questions on the definition of government, the state and the theories on how state's were created.
The Preamble: What are the 6 purposes of Government Student Activity
In this 5 page packet you have everything you need to complete an activity about The Preamble: the 6 Purposes of Government, using the Concept Attainment Strategy. The idea behind this strategy, is that you discuss a topic students are familiar with in order to introduce a new topic. When students make the connection between the two, they understand the new concept on a deeper level. Very engaging lesson! All handouts, materials, and TEACHER DIRECTIONS/KEY are included.
Ratification of the U.S. Constitution: Federalist V. Anti-Federalist Activity
In this U.S. Government/U.S. History activity your students will:
1) Complete short background notes on a graphic organizer about the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. (Full Color Power-point provided)
2) work in groups (or independently) to examine 7 excerpts from the arguments written by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists for and against ratification.
3) Share out the major arguments for and against ratification and record it on their graphic organizer. All handouts, power-point slides included. Teacher Directions included.
6 Basic Principles of the Constitution ~Student Activity~
This 2 page graphic organizer/worksheet is a great short activity to introduce or review the 6 Basic Principles of the Constitution (Limited Government, Checks and Balances, Popular Sovereignty, Judicial Review, Separation of Power, and Federalism). Students will scan the QR code (or use the internet) to watch a short public access video describing the 6 principles and record a definition and example (OR they can use their class textbook if they don’t have internet access). They will then apply their understanding of the principles in a color coded matching activity! FUN! TEACHER ANSWER KEY INCLUDED
The Constitutional Convention ~ A Student Webquest~
Students will have fun completing this preview/review about the Constitutional Convention using the QR codes provided. (Students who do not have the free QR code reader app on their smartphone can still complete the assignment either using the websites provided or the class textbook). The QR codes/websites provided send students to short articles or video links where they learn about the Constitutional Convention and then use what they learn to complete the graphic organizer. Fun Activity!
U.S. Government: The Origins of American Government Student Activity
In this 21 page packet your students will have everything they need to complete an activity that addresses the following question: “How did British documents, Enlightenment philosophers, democratic precedents, grievances against their monarch and a failed confederation grow the tree of Representative Democracy in America and mold the U.S. Constitution?” In other words, why didn’t the people in the United States choose a monarchy for their new country?
In this activity, your students will: Work in small groups or individually (teacher choice) to examine 13 primary source excerpts that address the essential question. This lesson contains all handouts, slides and Step-by Step Teacher Directions. Caution- this lesson will cause your students to use their critical thinking skills.
Government: Forms of Government in the Real World Student Activity
In this Government class activity your students will learn about the different forms of government and how they can be classified (direct/representative democracy, theocracy, oligarchy, monarchy, parliamentary, presidential etc.) by using real world government examples. For example, students will examine how a real world monarchy, like the one used in Saudi Arabia, affects life in Saudi Arabia. The overall essential question is: What is it really like to live in countries with different forms of government? This lesson includes a 4 Full Color slide power-point, 8 student worksheets/graphic organizers, 6 short readings/articles, and links to 4 public access internet videos.
Teacher STEP-BY-STEP directions are included.
Forming Public Opinion | Student Activities
In this lesson your students will learn about the role of public opinion in U.S. Government and how a person's public opinion (about public policy) gets formed.
Your students will:
1) Watch a short warm-up video on Public Policy Opinions ~The Left V. The Right~ and will complete a corresponding worksheet. (link included)
2) Complete a notes organizer as the teacher goes through a short FULL COLOR powerpoint on the definition of Public Opinion, why it matters and how a person's public opinions get formed.
3) Take a short survey to gauge their placement on a public policy spectrum.
4) Read an article on the top 20 Public Policy Issues and how Conservatives and Liberals feel about each issue and complete a corresponding chart.
5) Complete an EXIT CARD "Dialogue Poem" comparing Conservatives V. Liberals.