To use a variety of reference sources that provide information about American government.
2-3 class periods
Each student will read through a list of 27 assignments pertaining to American government that they might enjoy doing. Some of the assignments will earn the student 10 points, some are worth 15 points, and the others will earn the student 20 points each.
Class members must choose to do at least one assignment in each point category. Each student has to do enough assignments so that their points will add up to at least 100.
Many of the assignments can be done using the textbook, but class members must also have access to encyclopedias, almanacs, newspapers, news magazines, and any other available reference materials.
You may want to give extra credit to those students who do more than 100 points worth of assignments.
My students like this lesson because they get to do what interests them the most.
Teacher Instructions are included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used later on as a review exercise.