Lesson Plan: Citizenship and Democracy
Date: August 28, 1997
Objectives: The students will
I. review terms associated with principles of government.
II. Identify the major duties and responsibilities of American citizenship.
III. Compare and contrast the systems of American democracy and authoritarian government.
Warm Up Activity (Anticipatory Set): Matching Vocabulary Terms
A) Display a transparency that contains one of the following matching activities. The links below will bring up the activity.
B) When students have completed the activity, review responses and allow student to make corrections:
1) From Government in America, Chapter 1
2) From American Civics, Chapter 1
Main Activity (Instructional Input): Duties of American Citizenship
A) Display a transparency that lists the duties and responsibilities of American citizenship.
B) Have students take notes by copying the information into their notes.
Examples (Modeling): Comparing Forms of Government
A) Have students copy or create the following chart:
||Power is not shared by the central government.
||A loose association of nations who hold more power than the central
|The United States|
||Any government whose leader or leaders keep power by the threat of arrest, torture, or death. The people have no rights or freedoms.|
Give the students the following writing prompt:
Imagine you are going to send an e-mail or letter
to a friend who lives in a non-democratic nation. Write a letter that describes
what it is like to live in a democracy. Include some guesses at what it
must be like for your friend to live in a non-democratic nation.
Guided Practice: Discussion: What is "The American Dream"?
Ask the students what they believe the American dream to be. Have them
evaluate whether all groups in America have the same chances to realize
the dream they describe. Discuss the contributions of the various minority
groups to American society, politics, and culture.
Homework (Independent Practice): Multiple Choice Questions
Have students develop 3-5 multiple choice questions on forms of government
using their notes and the textbook.
When students assemble tomorrow, have them exchange multiple-choice questions to check their understanding.
Wrap-Up Activity (Closure): Examining Symbols of American Democracy
A) Have students analyze and discuss the key symbols of American politics,
democracy, and economy.
B) Ask students to define such terms as freedom and liberty in the context of these symbols. Have them evaluate America's dedication and commitment to these ideals.
Evaluation: The lesson will be evaluated by:
I. the accuracy of student's written responses;
II. student's scores on future tests and quizzes.
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