This third grade lesson is part of a Government and Citizenship unit. This unit is designed for students to understand that communities and nations need laws and leaders to help protect citizens and keep order, and that our government relies on participation from its citizens. The students will focus on why citizens need laws and […]
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Starting a Government from Scratch
At the time the Founders were shaping the future of a new country, John Adams suggested the President should be addressed as H“is Excellency“ Happily, others recognized that such a title was inappropriate. Though the proper form of address represents only a small detail, defining everything about the Presidency was central to the idea of […]
Mini Mock Trial
Mini-Mock Trials are shorter versions of mock trial, taking an average of 2-3 hours. They are helpful for teaching about trial procedure as well as teaching the particular content of the trial. For example, one mini mock trial teaches driving responsibility.
Judges in the Classroom Lesson Plan
Students will analyze the concept of procedural justice by: identifying in a play the unfair decisions by the ruler, stating the procedural guarantees that ought to be included in a Bill of Rights, comparing their list of procedural guarantees to the procedural guarantees provided by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, and concluding that […]
The Responsibilities of Local Government
This is the last lesson in the unit designed to teach the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the shared powers of government and the United States Constitution. Focus on this lesson is on the differences among federal, state, and local governments.