Tag Archives: american democracy

Mini Mock Trial

September 14th, 2017

Mini-Mock Trials are shorter versions of mock trial, taking an average of 2-3 hours. They are helpful for teaching about trial procedure as well as teaching the particular content of the trial. For example, one mini mock trial teaches driving responsibility.

American Heroes

September 14th, 2017

This third grade lesson is part of a Government and Citizenship unit. This unit is designed for students to understand that communities and nations need laws and leaders to help protect citizens and keep order, and that our government relies on participation from its citizens. The students will focus on why citizens need laws and […]

Starting a Government from Scratch

September 14th, 2017

At the time the Founders were shaping the future of a new country, John Adams suggested the President should be addressed as H”is Excellency” Happily, others recognized that such a title was inappropriate. Though the proper form of address represents only a small detail, defining everything about the Presidency was central to the idea of […]

Landmark Library

September 14th, 2017

This library of mini-lessons targets a variety of landmark cases from the United States Supreme Court. Each mini-lesson includes a one-page reading and a one-page activity, and is appropriate for a variety of uses. Unlike the iCivics lesson plans, these mini-lessons are designed for students to complete independently without the need for teacher direction.

Polotics and Public Policy

September 14th, 2017

This unit is designed to provide students with an introduction to the electoral processes of the American political system. Students will develop a strong foundation that will inform them of their choices and encourage civic involvement. The Politics and Public Policy unit guides students to a deep understanding of concepts and processes through simulations, presentations, […]

Judges in the Classroom Lesson Plan

September 14th, 2017

Students will analyze the concept of procedural justice by: identifying in a play the unfair decisions by the ruler, stating the procedural guarantees that ought to be included in a Bill of Rights, comparing their list of procedural guarantees to the procedural guarantees provided by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, and concluding that […]

The Responsibilities of Local Government

September 14th, 2017

This is the last lesson in the unit designed to teach the significance of the U.S. Constitution and the shared powers of government and the United States Constitution. Focus on this lesson is on the differences among federal, state, and local governments.

Citizenship and Participation

September 14th, 2017

Students will learn what it means to be a U.S. citizen and how citizenship is obtained. They will compare and contrast personal and political rights with social responsibilities and personal duties. Students will explore global citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in other countries. They will also learn about community engagement by selecting […]