Introducing government doesn’t have to be confusing or dry for intermediate and middle school students! Find everything you need for an entire unit to engage and educate students on the importance of government! The unit is designed around a 5E model to help make lesson planning easy and includes a list of vocabulary words covered. A student-favorite cumulative project is included as a bonus for buying the bundle of lessons together!
Unit includes: 5 PowerPoint presentations, 6 graphic organizers, 3 fill-in-the-blank style note sheets, 7 student handout worksheets, 3 review games, 9 answer keys, 6 quick teacher reference guides, 1 sorting activity, 1 foldable, 1 test, 1 study guide, and a student project with rubric
1. ENGAGE: The “Lost” Island Activity
No rules would be awesome! Why do we need a government? Students learn firsthand why governments are necessary as they assume the roles of plane crash survivors trapped on a deserted island. As the class struggles to organize their new community, students will clearly understand the different styles of rule and the difficulty in forming an effective and popular government. Students enjoy this engaging and memorable experience as a great introduction to a unit on government. Everything is included to easily walk you through the activity and lesson.
2. EXPLORE: Hammurabi’s Code
Intrigue students with the brutality of justice in Ancient Mesopotamia! Students assume the role of judges and determine proper consequences for various crimes. They will compare how Hammurabi carried out justice with modern day America. Students will fully grasp the reasons why laws are necessary in maintaining a peaceful society and will never forget the influence of Hammurabi on our world. A page for the students’ interactive notebook is included, as a well as a journaling prompt at the end of the lesson.
3. EXPLAIN- Limited vs. Unlimited Governments
Challenge students to really think about the different ways people are governed around the world and what those differences mean to the citizens living in each place. Engage your class with a mock survey, sorting activity, and lots of opportunities for real world applications. A notes sheet is included for the students’ interactive journals, as well as a practice handout, easy-to-follow PowerPoint presentation, and sorting activity. You will find everything you and your students need to understand and explain the differences between limited and unlimited governments.
4. ELABORATE: Types of Governments
Reach the spectrum of learning types in your classroom with this lesson that offers opportunities for creativity, originality, movement, music, and critical thinking. Students will impress with their ability to identify and explain the similarities and differences between the various forms of governments in the world. This lesson has a huge variety of activities to utilize in your unit including games, projects, illustrations, charts, webs, practice handouts, and a PowerPoint presentation to guide the pace of the lesson.
5. EVALUATE- Introduction to Governments
Planning is a breeze when you know what you are going to assess ahead of time! Get everything needed to end an introduction to governments unit. Lesson includes a study guide for students to complete and review. Play a fun and engaging round of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” to review one last time before the 30 question final assessment. This lesson also includes a modified version of the test for accommodating any special needs.
BONUS: Face-off CUMULATIVE PROJECT
“Face-off” is a culminating project that challenges your class to complete a visual display that answers the question: “How does living in a limited or unlimited government affect a citizen’s life?” Students create faces of two different citizens, one who lives under a limited government and the other an unlimited government. Then, they must describe what those people would feel, think, and experience. This is a fun project where students showcase their learning and creativity. Suggestions are included for a GT extension and modified version.
Vocabulary covered throughout the unit:
Hammurabi’s Code, Theocracy, Totalitarian, Mesopotamia, Greece, Limited and Unlimited Governments, Autocracy, Democracy, Absolute Monarchy, Constitutional Monarchy, Anarchy, Dictatorship, Oligarchy, Democracy, Representative Democracy, Direct Democracy, Citizenship, Rights, Responsibilities, Constitution, Tyranny
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