One way to do a better job of infusing civics into a social studies course is through the use of essential questions and a thematic curriculum
. This presentation is appropriate for an introductory activity to look at one of those themes: civics and government.
In each slide, you'll find an essential question about civics and government that helps students think about the purpose of government and the role of citizens. There are also some follow-up questions and visual prompts to help get your students thinking.
This is a great prompt for a class discussion, and you could complete this in either one or two forty minute periods. To get started, you could use a Think-Pair-Share or a period of free writing. If you are devoting a lot of time to this, you can discuss each of the three questions in turn. If you want to limit the length of the activity, focus on one of the three questions. You can read more about how to use these civics essential questions
in a lesson here.
The presentation ends with a closing activity that requires the students to write. You could assign this as an exit ticket or your could allow students to take it home for homework. Either way, it will help you assess what students gleaned from the conversation.