Looking for project-based, student-centered learning that meets social studies content standards? Looking for a way to increase student involvement in civics? Want a rubric that makes grading PBL easy? Here you go!
Ideally, this project should be used after the basics of government are taught: types and functions of government, the ratification of the Constitution, the basic workings and structure of the Constitution. This could also be used as an introduction to U.S. or World History depending upon your district's prerequisites.
Feel free to modify the slides, rubric, and related information to suit your classroom and students' needs.
This project is one of the few that I have used every year that I have taught civics due to its popularity with students and notable utility in content retention. Students get to have their say,their way as they demonstrate the purposes of government. Be ready to laugh, sigh, and even cry as students show how they think government should work. The processes involved will also allow you to better know and understand your students, which aids in reaching them academically and behaviorally.