Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest

Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
Role of Government AMERICAN GOVERNMENT LESSON 1 of 105 Critical Thinking+Contest
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OBJECTIVE:
To understand the importance of government in the lives of the American people.

TIME:
1 class period

Every American is affected by government in countless ways during their lifetime. Yet most people give little or no thought to the extent which the federal, state, and local governments impact their daily lives.

Students begin this lesson looking at ways that government serves the interests of the American people. In box 1, they will choose one area (of twelve that are shown) that they think is the most important, and underline it in the list. Choices include such things as postal services, minimum wage laws, air traffic control, highway construction, product safety laws, etc. Once they have made a selection, each class member must then give reasons for their choice (30-50 words). You can then ask for a few volunteers to read the paragraph they have written. Continue in the same way with boxes 2-4, each of which contains twelve additional ways government serves the interests of the American people.

Next, students answer two Thought Questions to develop critical thinking skills. One of which asks them to list 12 areas government directly or indirectly affects their lives at this time.

The lesson concludes with a fun contest. Without looking at the first two activity sheets, class members try to fill in as many missing words in government services and programs as possible. The first letter of each answer is given as a clue. Correct answers are worth either 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 points. A perfect score is 100.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.


SEE ALSO
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105 Favorite Lessons: American Government Curriculum - National, State, & Local

    1. The Role of Government
    2. History of Government
    3. Forms of Government
    4. Democracy
    5. Development of Democracy
    6. Citizenship
    7. Colonial Government
    8. Britain Changes Its Colonial Policies
    9. Declaration of Independence
  10. The Critical Period
  11. The Constitutional Convention
  12. United States Constitution
  13. Constitution Crossword Puzzle
  14. Principles of the Constitution
  15. Chapter Study Guide
  16. Bill of Rights
  17. Amendments 11-21
  18. Recent Constitutional Amendments
  19. Federalism
  20. Growth of the Federal Government
  21. Civil Rights and the First Amendment
  22. Due Process of Law
  23. Blacks Struggle for Equal Rights
  24. Civil Rights Movement
  25. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  26. Early Women's Movements
  27. Women's Rights Movement
  28. Seeking Equality for All Americans
  29. Civil Rights and the Supreme Court
  30. Famous Person Study Guide
  31. Public Opinion
  32. Public Opinion Polls
  33. Interest Groups
  34. The Beginning of Political Parties
  35. Functions of Political Parties
  36. The Two-Party System
  37. Third Parties
  38. Democrats and Republicans
  39. Choosing Political Candidates
  40. Election Campaigns
  41. Voting
  42. Congress
  43. The House of Representatives
  44. The Senate
  45. How Congress Makes Laws
  46. Congress Passes New Laws
  47. Legislative Branch Key Terms
  48. President of the United States
  49. Roles of the President
  50. Development of the Presidency
  51. Watergate Scandal
  52. President Contests
  53. Electoral College
  54. Campaigning for President
  55. Vice President
  56. Cabinet and Executive Departments
  57. Independent Agencies
  58. Civil Service System
  59. Executive Branch Key Terms
  60. The Court System
  61. Supreme Court
  62. Landmark Decisions of the Supreme Court
  63. The American Legal System
  64. How Laws Are Changed
  65. Trials
  66. Judicial Branch Key Terms
  67. The Federal Government at Work
  68. Taxation and Spending
  69. Foreign Policy
  70. Business, Labor, and Agriculture
  71. The Environment
  72. Social Security and Public Health
  73. Public Assistance Programs
  74. Washington, D.C.
  75. Touring Washington
  76. Current Events
  77. State Government
  78. State Services
  79. State Finances
  80. State Government Study Guide
  81. Local Government
  82. Local Government Issues
  83. County Government
  84. City Government
  85. Independent Study Guide
  86. United States Flag
  87. Symbols of the United States
  88. Famous People in Government
  89. Key Terms
  90. President Study Guide
  91. Church and State
  92. Gun Control
  93. Capital Punishment
  94. Issues for Debate
  95. Election of 2000
  96. Patriot Act
  97. Department of Homeland Security
  98. Initiative, Referendum, and Recall
  99. Comparative Government
100. Election of 2008
101. Obama’s Inaugural Address
102. Criminal Justice System
103. Youth and the Law
104. System of Education
105. Role of the Military
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