35 Government Writing Prompts and Assignments

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These writing prompts and activities can be used in an American government or civics course to reinforce or review concepts that have been taught. These prompts are not meant to be the basis of long essays or activities that take several days to complete but rather a quick activity that takes up approximately 15-30 minutes of class time.

Types of Assignments Included:
• Letter
• Journal entry
• Advice column
• Editorial
• E-mail
• Speech
• Job posting
• Newspaper article
• Script
• Book review
• Interview
• Public service announcement
• Acrostic poem

Uses:
These writing prompts can be used:
• As a way to reinforce content taught during a lesson
• As a review after teaching a lesson
• As a starting activity to help students access their prior knowledge
• As a review for part of a unit test
• As a review for a final or other cumulative test
• As extra practice for a student who is having trouble with a certain concept

Concepts Covered:
• Importance of government
• Forms of government
• Political philosophers
• Magna Carta
• Declaration of Independence
• Great Compromise
• Articles of Constitution v. Constitution
• The Federalist
• Constitutional principles
• Preamble
• Democracy
• Supremacy clause
• Amendment process
• Bill of Rights
• Separation of powers
• Congress
• Qualifications for U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, and President
• How a bill becomes a law
• Impeachment
• Supreme Court
• Due process
• Two-party system
• Political parties
• Elections
• Suffrage
• Voting restrictions
• Nomination
• Campaign fundraising
• Public opinion
• Interest groups
• Dictatorship


Items Included:
• Teacher instructions
• Teacher summary of writing prompts
• Student Handout – Things to Ask Yourself
• Writing prompts PowerPoint slides
• Writing prompts assignment sheets
• Job posting form
• Radio PSA script example
• Audio file of radio PSA
• Tour guide speech example
• Optional Rubric

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Teaching Duration
30 Minutes

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35 Government Writing Prompts and Assignments
35 Government Writing Prompts and Assignments
35 Government Writing Prompts and Assignments
35 Government Writing Prompts and Assignments