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Presidential Cabinet Activity
In groups, students will research potential nominees for presidential cabinet positions based off the presidential nominee they are assigned. They will evaluate nominees based off of the cabinet job descriptions and individual's backgrounds, providing justification for their selections. They will pr
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Mayor for a Minute
Mayor for a Minute incorporates public with persuasive speaking skills in a game created to enhance their argument generation. Students will each have a set amount of time to create a one-minute mayoral speech to present to the class, on something they are passionate about. The students will focus o
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The Electoral Process and Forms of Nomination
This PowerPoint, created by Tamara Johnson, is one of several that can be used to supplement the politics unit for A.P.U.S. Government or Government classes. It contains all the major content, including vocabulary, events, people, groups and concepts to help your students succeed. Studies show that
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Project Heart: OtterCares Philanthropy Curriculum
Designed by teachers, for teachers, Project Heart is our engaging philanthropic education program for 4th and 5th grade, middle and high school classrooms written with these principles in mind: - Aligned with the Common Core State Standards - Follows an Understanding by Design (UbD) format - Perfe
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Jury Simulation #2
This is a reading packet intended to give students a real life experience of our court system. There are multiple testimonies, courtroom vocabulary, and critical thinking expectations. This is a group work assignment, and can be branched out into multiple lessons.Trigger Warning: This reading materi
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Socratic Seminar Bundle (Ancient Civilizations)
Conduct Socratic Seminars in your middle school ancient civilization classroom! This bundle includes: -A powerpoint with both teacher guidance and class presentation slides on how to easily run an effective Socratic Seminar. Assessment rubric is included! -5 Lesson Plans 1. Hammurabi's Code- H
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Banned Books Structured Academic Controversy
Structured Academic Controversies are one of my favorite ways to teach reading, writing, analysis, speaking and listening all in one lesson! They help students learn vital skills about how to respectfully disagree with and learn from others, and how to engage in controversial topics without resortin
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Mock Trial of Supreme Court Case: Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia
This is a lesson plan for a mock trial over the Supreme Court Case: Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia. It provides instructions for the teacher and students. It displays how to divide up students into their character roles along with what to do as a team. It contains character roles for each student along
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Socratic Seminar: Hammurabi's Code
Whether teaching about ancient Mesopotamia or U.S. civics, this activity gives students the opportunity to evaluate the history of written law. Guided questions challenge students to respond to information by applying new concepts and evaluating Hammurabi's Code of Law. Holding a Socratic Seminar d
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Debate Activities
Check out this fun bundle of debate activities which challenges students to think critically about real topics. This can be used in any upper level English class, and encourages students to practice argumentative writing and public speaking skills. Plus, who doesn't love a good debate? This produ
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Student Leadership - Changing the Perception of Kids These Days
Student leadership. 7 Habits. The Leader in Me. Although perfect for a school that is in the Leader in Me process or one that uses the seven habits, this product is excellent for general use with anyone that wants to promote leadership with today's students. Through a game, students learn the vocabu
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Empathy Unit using Technology (60 second Docs)
This unit is for those tech heavy English teachers. If you love Human of New York Series or any kind of social commentary or experience, this is for you. Here is a great introductory unit that allows the students to reflect on themselves, each other, and society. If you are into social justice, ar
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Moot Court – Teaching Teenagers to Argue ... in court that is
Your students will have the chance to argue 10 actual Supreme Court cases before a panel of three judges. The cases such as the 2005 Roper v. Simmons juvenile death penalty decision, address student speech, gay marriage, reverse discrimination, the right to bear arms, juvenile Miranda rights, the co
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Moot Court – Teaching Teenagers to Argue ... in court that is
Roper v Simmons and JDB v North Carolina are two cases about how juveniles are treated in the criminal justice system. These are actual Supreme Court that your students will have the chance to argue before a panel of three judges. (See the Sample for a list and brief description of all 10 cases.) Th
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Moot Court – Teaching Teenagers to Argue ... in court that is
Maryland v King (DNA evidence) and Utah v Strieff (illegal police stop) are two cases about the 4th Amendment search and seizure. These are actual Supreme Court that your students will have the chance to argue before a panel of three judges. (See the Sample for a list and brief description of all 1
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Moot Court – Teaching Teenagers to Argue ... in court that is
Morse v Frederick (Student Free Speech ) and Trinity Lutheran Church v Comer (the Religion Clauses--Establishment and Free Exercise) are two cases about the 1st Amendment. These are actual Supreme Court that your students will have the chance to argue before a panel of three judges. (See the Sample
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Moot Court – Teaching Teenagers to Argue ... in court that is
Ricci v DeStefano (Equal Protection and discrimination) and Obergefell v Hodges (same-sex marriage and equal protections) are two cases about the 14th Amendment. These are actual Supreme Court that your students will have the chance to argue before a panel of three judges. (See the Sample for a lis
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Moot Court – Teaching Teenagers to Argue ... in court that is
NFIB v Sebelius (Constitutionality of the ACA aka Obamacare) and McCutcheon v FEC (campaign contribution limits) are two cases about the power of Congress. These are actual Supreme Court that your students will have the chance to argue before a panel of three judges. (See the Sample for a list and
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Can One Person Change the World? Source Work
Students will analyze sources, video, song and article to determine if one person can change the world. Great for the begining of the year as an introduction to source work.
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It's Constitutional – 17 Lessons to Celebrate Signing the Constitution
Seventeen lessons to make the Constitution come alive for your students, while also satisfying the legal mandate to study it on September 17. For example, students create poems, flow charts and drawings; have debates and discussions and create plays. Lessons include acting out the amendments, and
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In-Class Formal Debate Guide
In-Class Formal Debate GuideThis is the perfect resource for organizing and administering a formal debate within your class for your students! The outline and rubric is easily transferrable between any subject of study, unit, or topic that your class is focusing on by simply catering the resolutions
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