To understand that current issues in U.S. government include debates over how much the federal government should do, how effective it is, and how democratic it is.
1-2 class periods
This lesson begins by reading with the class the background information regarding the debate over how much the federal government should do, how effective it is, and how democratic it is.
Class members are then presented with six issues that have caused considerable debate over how the federal system of government should be operated are given. After reading about ISSUE 1 -- term limits for senators and representatives in Congress -- students are asked to express their opinion on that aspect of the U.S. government. This is done by checking one of two boxes that best represents their viewpoint, and then writing 30-50 words giving reasons for their choice.
The activity continues in the same way with the issues 2-6.
ISSUE 1: term limits for senators and representatives in Congress
ISSUE 2: equal representation of each state in the Senate
ISSUE 3: direct election of the president
ISSUE 4: term limits for the president
ISSUE 5: how much the federal government should do about the nation’s problems
ISSUE 6: the national budget (United States government budget)
This thought-provoking lesson helps students develop critical thinking skills.
Teacher Instructions included.