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Lesson 3: How Does the Government Work?

Weekly Summary: When the Revolutionary War ended in 1781, the United States was left without an effective central government. The Second Continental Congress had created the Articles of Confederation, but as the nation faced the growing problems of governing a new nation, it became evident that a different format was needed. The constitution established in…

Voting and Elections

Lesson 4: Voting and Elections

Weekly Summary: The constitution sets out very few absolute qualifications to run for national office, yet the unofficial qualities of candidates often play a much larger role in who actually gets elected. These activities will examine the constitutional requirements to run for office and some of the unofficial qualities that can impact an election. Learning…

Voting and Elections

Lesson 6: How Do We Choose Leaders?

Student Expectations: Students will recognize the positive qualities of good leaders.Students will understand the election process in the United States. Vocabulary and Definitions: election: the selection of a person or persons for office by voteprimary election: a preliminary election in which voters of multiple parties nominate candidates for officecampaign: the process through which rival political…

who can run for office lesson plan

Lesson 5: Who Can Run For Office

Learning Objectives: Students will learn the qualifications for people running for office. The U.S. Constitution details specific qualifications for people who want to run for national political office. State and local government units set their own qualifications for those running for office. Students will identify where the qualifications for political candidates can be found. Vocabulary…

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Lesson 4: How Does Our Government Work?

Learning Objectives: Students will identify the three branches of the federal government. Students will identify the officials who lead the three branches. Students will describe how the Constitution was written. Students will understand the purpose of the Constitution. Vocabulary and Definitions: constitution: the document that sets up a system of fundamental principles according to which…

Who Gets to Vote Studies Weekly Lesson Plan

Lesson 2: Who Gets to Vote

Weekly Summary: Voting today, with some exceptions, is considered a universal right for American citizens. If you are a citizen, by birth or by naturalization, you can vote. However, this universal attitude toward voting has evolved throughout the course of American history as a society and its values and laws changed. Learning Objectives: Students will…

Studies weekly lesson plan find making decisions in government

Lesson 1: Why Do We Make Decisions?

Objective for the Lesson: Students will understand the decision-making process on both an individual and a group level. Weekly Summary: When individuals and groups have to make choices, as they do during political elections, they often go through an intensive decision-making process. Student Expectations: Students will understand that people have to gather facts before they…