Common Core Lesson Plan
Instructions for lesson-
Goal for this lesson is to introduce different types of governmental philosophies, different points of views for these philosophies, and examination of the practicality and history for these different philosophies. Hopefully this lesson will encourage reading, writing, group work, deeper thinking, and rigor. This lesson was made for 12th American Government students.
Day 1 Pages 1 and 2 of student worksheets
1. Post the quotes on page two in four corners of the room.
2. Split the class into 4 to 8 groups depending on the teacher’s preference.
3. Handout Page 1 and 2 of the student handout with the four quotes about governments.
4. Have the 4 to 8 groups concentrate on one of the quotes for each group in a Jigsaw lesson style. These individual groups will answer all the questions on the worksheet. They will be the experts for this quote.
a. Have the students groups put their answers (once they have been verified correct by the teacher patrolling the room) on construction paper and write their answers big enough for the other groups to see their answers.
5. Then have each group present their findings to the class in front of the quotes in the four corners of the room. Class discussions can take place during this time.
6. Give the students time to copy down answers from the other group’s answers from the presentations.
Day 2 Pages 3 and 4 or the student worksheets
1. Have the students watch the video on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbygHVIxpBI
2. Handout Pages 3 and 4 of the student worksheets
3. Watch the video one more time and have the students use the fill-in-the-blanks video notes on page 3, and stop the video to discuss and to make sure all students have the correct information.
4. Discuss the difference from the worksheet with the quotes and the new information present in the video. The difference that the students find and any new information. The myths about monarchy and dictatorships, and the difference between oligarchy, democracy, and a republic.
5. Page 4 can be done in class (great for a block schedule) or for homework. The students should use the information from pages 1 through 3 for the writing prompt on page 4. See Page 4 for the written prompt.