Types of Governments Lesson Plan: PowerPoint & Student Handout

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Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Homeschool
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16 slides, 3 pages
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Types of governments -- just the concept of what a government is -- is a complicated topic that is a challenge to help students comprehend. This lesson breaks down the fundamental elements of 5 government paradigms through a visually-engaging PowerPoint and a guided Student Handout.

This one-day lesson is guided by a PowerPoint presentation and Student Handout. Each walks you through every step of the lesson. Students learn the essence of 5 governments (Absolute monarchy, communism, democracy, theocracy, and dictatorships)

The lesson includes:

- a 16 page PowerPoint that includes the warm-up activity, students notes, discussion/analysis assignment and an exit question.

*I design all of my PowerPoints to include only a few words per slide -- there are no "walls of text". That is difficult for students to take in and distracts them from listening to your explanation/lecture. It also stops them from shouting, "wait, go back, I'm not finished!"

- A 2-page doodle notes style student handout that encompasses each step of the lesson from the warm-up to the exit. An answer key is included.

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Total Pages
16 slides, 3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


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