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Quiz on key events in 2017

Quiz on key events in 2017

A short 11-question quiz on key events in 2017 that can be used in any class related to politics for students aged 14 or above. It works perfectly as an ice breaker or as a short introductory activity.

By filip_kokotovic

Constitution : An Interview with James Madison" Father of the Constitution": Reader's Theater Script

Constitution : An Interview with James Madison" Father of the Constitution": Reader's Theater Script

Constitution Day is September 17th each year(except for 2017) when the day falls on a Sunday and will be celebrated on September 18th. This play would be a great addition to your lessons about the U.S. Constitution. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografe series of plays, this Reader's Theater Script is on the "Father of the Constitution", James Madson(1751-1836), and his sharing with students the history of the writing of the Constitution. Madison who would become the 4th President of the United States(1809-1817)), played a very important role in the forming of our US Constitution. In addition to being a delegate, he introduced the first additions to the Constitution(amendments) which came to be known as the Bill of Rights. With 13 audience questioners, a Did You Know Section, comprehension questions, a Teacher Page with extension activities, key and additional links, students will learn about the writing of our important government document, the Constitution. Other plays in the Ms. Bie Ografee’s Talk Show Series: Dr. Seuss, Charles Dickens, Johnny Appleseed, Albert, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Bessie Coleman Sacagawea, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Martin Luther King, Sequoia, Michelangelo, DaVinci, Tuskegee Airmen, Susan B. Anthony, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, an interview with a groundhog, an interview with a leprechaun, an interview with Simon, victim of the Black Death, An Interview with Agent 355, a female agent in the Culper Spy Ring(Revolutionary War), Interview with a 49er from the California Gold Rush , Albert Einstein, Rachel Carson, Katherine Johnson and more.

By gailhennessey

2017 UK General Elections

2017 UK General Elections

An 11-question quiz that can be used in any class aged 12+ as an ice breaker and to discuss the impact of the 2017 UK General Election on politics in the United Kingdom. Several questions can be used to foster long discussions on electoral trends in the UK.

By filip_kokotovic

Theory behind US Foreign Policy

Theory behind US Foreign Policy

This lesson is meant to help students understand the key theoretic concepts needed to understand US foreign policy. An activity is included to encourage students to critically evaluate the impact events in the realm of domestic politics have on foreign policy. The goal of this lesson is to go through the sometimes not engaging theoretic concepts that are required to understand foreign policy and this lesson can be used for students 16+, or highly motivated students in the 14-16 group. The lesson can easily be used for 45 minutes- 1 hour, depending on how long you want the activity to last. The expected learning outcomes are: Defining foreign policy; Identifying several theories that analyze foreign policy; Understanding the relationship between domestic and foreign policy; Understanding the term ''motivation gap''; Identifying key actors in creating American foreign policy; Identifying types of foreign policy goals.

By filip_kokotovic

The Peace Movement: from the Cold War to the present

The Peace Movement: from the Cold War to the present

Lesson 7 from the acclaimed teaching pack 'Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis'. Students learn about the peace movement from the Cold War until today, and reflect on its successes, failures, and relevance. The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is highly relevant to Citizenship, History, and Government & Politics, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. To browse and download the other lessons from the Dial M For Missile Pack pack, plus the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/dial-m-for-missile-exploring-themes-around-the-cuban-missile-crisis-11208437

By PeaceEducation

Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This presentation provides a short introduction to the United Nations Agenda 2030 - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The presentation allows the student to critically assess the difference between the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and the SDGs. It also helps explain the role of the United Nations as a key facilitator of environmental diplomacy. This lesson that is meant for a standard 45 minute class can be used for any geography or global politics course for ages 14 and above. The learning outcomes are: Understanding the role of the United Nations in the global environment; Evaluating the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); Identifying several areas where the MDGs failed to achieve relevant change; Identify the role of the United Nations in climate diplomacy; Understanding how the MDGs differ from the SDGs.

By filip_kokotovic

War Game: a Cuban Missile Crisis decision-making role-play

War Game: a Cuban Missile Crisis decision-making role-play

Lesson 6 from the acclaimed teaching pack 'Dial M For Missile: Exploring Themes Around the Cuban Missile Crisis'. Fire your nuclear missiles? Relocate them? Disarm them? Do nothing? A strategic decision-making activity in which students role-play leaders of key countries during the Cuban Missile Crisis, determining what they would have done in response to the rapidly changing situation. Plenary: discussion of the most effective resolutions to a crisis like this. The lesson plan includes differentiation, extension and enrichment suggestions. The lesson is highly relevant to History, Citizenship, Government & Politics, English, and Drama, as well as helping to meet SMSC, Prevent and British Values requirements. To browse and download the other lessons from the Dial M For Missile Pack pack, plus the pack as a whole (including endorsements), go to www.tes.com/teaching-resource/dial-m-for-missile-exploring-themes-around-the-cuban-missile-crisis-11208437

By PeaceEducation

Political Cartooning Resources

Political Cartooning Resources

Explore a range of political cartooning resources from the Museum of Australian Democracy. These resources assist students to understand more about political cartooning. All resources link to Australian Curriculum areas, including HASS, Civics and Citizenship, History, English, Visual arts or Media arts. Explore more here: https://moadoph.gov.au/learning/resources/political-cartooning/

By MoADLearning

Hidden meaning revealed: Analysing political cartoons

Hidden meaning revealed: Analysing political cartoons

This resource is designed to help students explore the wonderful world of political cartoons — what they are, what they show and why they’re an important part of our Australian democracy. The resource covers 8 topics/themes on political cartooning. Teachers and students are welcome to unpack all 8 topics in the order presented or alternatively, each topic independently. Each topic includes relevant political cartoon examples from the Museum of Australian Democracy’s previous Behind the Lines Political Cartoon Exhibitions. Questions are provided to help guide students through an understanding of the chosen topic/theme. Explore more here: https://moadoph.gov.au/learning/resources/political-cartooning/

By MoADLearning

Marnti Warrajanga – A walk together

Marnti Warrajanga – A walk together

Explore milestones of the Indigenous journey of democracy in Australia and consider their relevance to today. The information and activities support the online exhibition - www.marnti-warajanga.moadoph.gov.au/ This resource contains background information, discussion questions and class activities to enhance student learning and engagement with the Marnti warajanga – a walk together exhibition. Deceased person’s warning: Please note: Indigenous Australians are advised that this exhibition may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

By MoADLearning

Franklin River Debate 1983: Classroom Roleplay

Franklin River Debate 1983: Classroom Roleplay

Re-live history in your classroom through a scripted role-play, as students take on the roles of Federal politicians from 1983 and debate an historic bill which prevented the damming of the Franklin River in Tasmania. The classroom program can be used as an introduction or conclusion to a unit on Australian Federal Parliament or the environment.

By MoADLearning