Civics

In this unit students explore the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Through a lesson on the Bill of Rights, students learn how government affects their daily lives by identifying situations in which specific rights are involved. They also explore why rights have limits and the relationship between rights and responsibilities.

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This lesson will be used on the second day of class to introduce the purpose for government.  There is also a survey for the students to take about the top 10 achievements of the U.S. government in the last 75 years.  There is also a powerpoint going over the first half of the key concepts in AP Government as well as a google forms quiz to give in the last 5 minutes of class.

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The following lesson(s) reflect content for a 5th grade advanced reading section PACK (leveled but non-graded) reading instruction time that we have for 30 minutes daily on Mondays through Thursdays.

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This is a blended unit on civic rights and responsibilities for grades 9-12. The majority of the unit requires students to work in pairs where they will research the content and create work via Google Docs to show what they are learning. Finally, for an assessment students with their partners will create PSAs on one responsibility or duty (which the teacher can assign).

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This Blended Unit Plan may be used by third grade teachers to teach 6 weeks of study for Michigan Civics, Government, and Democracy. It provides a big picture approach to planning out daily/weekly lessons. 

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This unit begins with a discussion on the importance of a constitution which leads into the importance of limiting government, rule of law and separation of powers.  Then attention turns to different ways to structure a government (Presidential vs. Parliamentary, Federal vs. confederate vs. Unitary, Direct Democracy vs Representative Democracy).

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This is a unit based on the MC3 curriculum already created in the state of Michigan.  I've taken the unit and added some extra online components and used some materials from Teacherspayteachers.com to create activities to further engage the students.  

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This unit provides students with an overview of federalism and the tension that it creates between states and the federal government.  Students will utilize online resources, face to face assignments and class discussion.  Finally students will write an essay based on their opinion of  "Does the federal government have too much authority?" 

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This unit focuses on the Legislative Branch of the US Congress as created by the Constitution of the United States in 1788.  The goal of this unit is to create an in depth understanding of how this body was created and many of the important features that have helped it thrive over that past 200+ years.

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This unit, designed for a freshman Civics course, focuses on the basics of American citizenship.  The unit introduces the requirements of being an American citizen, how one can become an American citizen, and how American citizenship has been molded over the course of our nation's history.

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