To compare the government of the United States with the governments of selected nations around the world.
1-2 class periods
Countries around the world have similarities and differences in the way their governments have been organized.
In this lesson, students read about the governments of four such nations –– China, Brazil, Israel, and Iran. Each one of these countries is arranged into its own section in the lesson with a Part 1 and Part 2.
Part 1: Class members read about the country and underline what they think are characteristics of a strong and well-organized government.
Part 2: The kids are asked to briefly describe 3 things about the government they just read about that they would not want in their own country’s government.
Help the students get started on the first section about China. Go over the directions for Part 1 and Part 2, and have the class begin. When class members finish the section on China, discuss some of their responses in Part 2. Continue in the same way with the sections on Brazil, Israel, and Iran.
Once students have made their way through Parts 1 and 2 for each of the four countries, the lesson concludes with three Thought Questions.
This lesson helps students develop critical thinking skills.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.