Basic Information: US Government
This simple yet powerful packet includes
- five pages of basic government information
- eight cumulative quizzes
- two different “Make and Take” quiz directions for student to practice both on their own and together.
A year after I first used this format a freshmen in college, who was in my class the previous year, sent me an email thanking me for "making" her memorize this information.
You might ask your principal or bookkeeper about setting up a Teachers Pay Teacher account for your school. Or, you may be able to get reimbursed through department funds.
This Basic Information is fundamental to a government class and I want students to have it in their long term memories before leaving government class. Thus, there are also eight cumulative quizzes over the same information. The first quiz is short and covers the first few sections of information and the quizzes build in length from there. Quizzes are cumulative and the repetition, we quiz over the packet every Friday throughout the first nine weeks, helps the kids to really commit the information to their long term memories. I also include directions for a “Make and Take.” Basically, every student in class makes a quiz, exchanges it with another student and finally they return the quizzes to the creator for grading. Students can then discuss their answers.
Basic information covered includes: Dates and events, branches and levels of government, length of terms and minimum age for federal officials, important elected government officials (you will have to edit these to fit your state and local government), the Bill of Rights, presidents and terms from FDR to Obama, major political systems, and the three main economic systems. Best wishes.
There is no answer key because there are so many quizzes and the answers are so fundamental to a government teacher that they can be easily written in if desired.
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