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168 resources with the concept american politics

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Vote!

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils engage in a mock election to determine the lunch menu for their schools. The instructional activity simulates an election and gives academics an opportunity to create a campaign, as well as participate in the voting process. The...
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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 plan 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 instructional activity focuses on Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the secession of the southern states. Academics interpret how Lincoln's presidential platform...
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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,...