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.
Topic: US government
Time: 90 minutes
- Explain the differences between Republicans and Democrats in the US.
- Describe the 3 branches of the US Government.
- Apply the Bill of Rights to situations.
- Explain the differences in groups and on the board.
- Discuss in groups and report findings to the class.
- Check the students’ answers on the Bill of Rights situations handout.
- 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.
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.
- Read Unit 5 US Economy and write 3 questions and/or responses.
- Remember the first 5 amendments of the Bill of Rights.
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