Students sometimes have difficulty engaging in the different government systems found across the world. It is important for us to understand how government works so that we not only know our rights as citizens but are able to compare it to other societies. In order to make learning about government structures entertaining, I have created this mini unit that allows small groups of students to create their own countries from the ground up.
Contained within is an introductory lecture PowerPoint that explains to the class what a micronation is, gives historical information on the micronation of Sealand, and models what their presentation will ultimately look like. Students will then be placed into groups (however you form groups in your room) and will then be handed the overview of their projects. The following day you can use the example micronation PowerPoint to further model what they should be working on in class. Feel free to use the PowerPoint as a template and create your own (its actually pretty fun to do!). Once students have conducted research and create their own PowerPoints they showcase it to the class and explain their government structure, rights of citizens, constitution, etc.
This mini unit takes about a solid week to do, with a day at the end saved for presentations.