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Investigations into Leadership

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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.  My students have been actively engaged with Social Studies this year, as it's their first "explicit instruction" year due to not having a regular Social Studies instructional period in grades K-4.  My students were very vocal about the polarization of the 2016 Presidential Election.  I've built upon many themes, but one I continually come back to is civic efficacy ( is the readiness and willingness to assume citizenship responsibilities and the belief that one can make a difference. Civic efficacy also includes the skills to participate in or organize various democratic activities such as voting.)  My section has read a dramatic reading 1968 version of George Orwell's Animal Farm, currently reading Jeanne Fritz's Shh....We're Writing the Constitution, and will use a number of resources include google classroom activities, a few OER resources and a number of websites ("True" Democracy, A Comparison & Contrasting of the Articles of Confederation & The U.S. Constitution, and a  great website that allows comparison of the U.S. Constitution & other nations' constitutions.  In Addition, a Khan Academy video on this time period will provide a context for students.

Learning Targets: 
Describe the differences between the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution.
Describe differences between the U.S. Constitution and another nation's constitution.
Identify nations that self identify as being democratic, but have political practices that don't exhibit properties of being democratic.
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dean.meyer
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Creative Commons Licence
Grade: 
Common Core Language Arts
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