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Lesson 10: US Government

Lesson 10: US Government

Students explain the differences between Republicans and Democrats in the US, describe the 3 branches of the US Government, and apply the Bill of Rights to situations.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  US government

Time:  90 minutes

Preparation

Objectives

  1. Explain the differences between Republicans and Democrats in the US.
  2. Describe the 3 branches of the US Government.
  3. Apply the Bill of Rights to situations.

Assessment

  1. Explain the differences in groups and on the board.
  2. Discuss in groups and report findings to the class.
  3. Check the students’ answers on the Bill of Rights situations handout.

Materials

  • Make one copy of Republican or Democrat Quiz for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of Political Parties for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of The Constitution Information for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of the Bill of Rights for each group.
  • Make one copy of Bill of Rights Situations for each group.
  • Make one copy of Bill of Rights Situations KEY for the teacher.
  • Make one copy of the US Culture Presentation Assignment for each student.
  • Make one copy of the US Culture Presentation Topics for each student.

Procedure

Warmer (15 minutes)

  • Ask students to get a partner and discuss the topic for about 5 minutes.
    • “What are the views of a republican and a democrat in the US?  Which side do you agree with most?”
  • Ask the students to volunteer answers and discuss as a class.

 

Are you a Republican or a Democrat? (20 minutes)

  • Ask students to get a piece of paper and write numbers 1-16.
  • Explain that students should write “Yes” if they agree with the statement and “No” if they disagree with the statement.
  • Students listen to the statements from the “Republican or Democrat Quiz”, and write “Yes” or “No” on their paper.
  • Explain the scoring of the answers going over each statement.
  • Ask students to add their points to determine whether they agree more with republicans or democrats.
  • Ask students to explain the views of republicans and democrats in the US, highlighting differences on the board.

 

The Constitution, 1787 (15 minutes)

  • Ask students to get into groups of 4 or 5 people.
  • Ask students to illustrate the branches of government, write down the responsibilities of each branch, and outline the powers of the federal and state governments.
  • Ask groups to report their findings to the class.

 

The Bill of Rights, 1791 (20 minutes)

  • Give each group a Bill of Rights handout and a Bill of Rights Situations handout.
  • The students’ task is to read the situations and answer the question with the Amendment that supports the situation.
  • Collect the Bill of Right situations handout and redistribute to check the answers.

 

Q & A (10 minutes)

  • Ask the students to look at their homework questions and/or responses to ask additional questions about the unit.

 

US Presentation Assignment (10 minutes)

  • Explain the Presentation Assignment. Inform the students of their groups. Ask the students to get together with their groups to exchange information.

 

Homework

  • Read Unit 5 US Economy and write 3 questions and/or responses. 
  • Remember the first 5 amendments of the Bill of Rights.

Printable Worksheets

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Republican or Democrat Quiz
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Political Parties
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The Constitution Information
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Bill of Rights Situations
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Bill of Rights Situations KEY
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US Culture Presentation Assignment
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US Culture Presentation Topics
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