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March - Book Three

March - Book Three

This is the third book in the trilogy called March – Book Three. This graphic novel continues the struggle of African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. The focus of this novel is the fight for the right for African-American to register and vote in southern states. John Lewis is the chairman of one minority group called the SNCC, but he also joins the minority group Martin Luther King Jr. is affiliated with to pursue equal rights. John Lewis tells the movements’ stories with truth, frustration, grace, and thankfulness. Both the words and the graphic pictures tell and show students every powerful story in this time period of the pursuit of justice to obtain the right for African-Americans to vote. I have added some sites and videos for students to see to help clarify the events explained in the book. I have also integrated writing and speech assignments into this one giant social studies’ period of time.

By marcyprager

The Preamble: What are the 6 purposes ofU.S. Government Student Activity

The Preamble: What are the 6 purposes ofU.S. Government Student Activity

In this 5 page packet you have everything you need to complete an activity about The Preamble: the 6 Purposes of Government, using the Concept Attainment Strategy. The idea behind this strategy, is that you discuss a topic students are familiar with in order to introduce a new topic. When students make the connection between the two, they understand the new concept on a deeper level. In this activity your students will: 1) Read a funny story about a shipwrecked cruise ship and discuss the problems that the people encountered as a result of this event. This is the perfect “hook” or lead-in to use that will allow students to understand the Preamble on a deeper level. 2) Compare the story of the shipwreck to the actual meaning of the Preamble while completing a graphic organizer. 3) Then list events that prompted the Framers of the Constitution to include the 6 purposes of government, as written, in the Preamble. (Another connection) 4) Application. Students will read and discuss a current event related to each of the 6 purposes of government to answer the question “How does this event illustrate, and to what extent, how the U.S. government is OR is NOT fulfilling its intended purpose TODAY?” 5) Share out in small groups. Very engaging lesson! All handouts, materials, and TEACHER DIRECTIONS/KEY are included.

By learningisapassion

U.S. Government: Forms of Government in the Real World Student Activity

U.S. Government: Forms of Government in the Real World Student Activity

In this 26 page, Government class activity your students will learn about the different forms of government and how they can be classified (direct/representative democracy, theocracy, oligarchy, monarchy, parliamentary, presidential etc.)by using real world government examples. For example, students will examine how a real world monarchy, like the one used in Saudi Arabia, affects life in Saudi Arabia. The overall essential question is: What is it really like to live in countries with different forms of government? This lesson includes a 4 Full Color slide power-point, 8 student worksheets/graphic organizers, 6 short readings/articles, and links to 4 public access internet videos. In this activity, your students will: 1) Complete Cornell Style Notes on the Forms/Classification of Governments used around the world from a short 4 slide power-point. (worksheet included) 2) Either work in small groups or individually (teacher choice) to examine a specific form of government through the articles, and videos provided, to understand what it is really like to live in that country under that specific form of government. • The 4 countries featured are: Saudi Arabia (Monarchy/Theocracy), North Korea (Communism/Dictatorship), U.S.A (Presidential-Representative Democracy)and Scotland (Parliamentary-Representative Democracy) 3) Record their research on a worksheet and graphic organizer. (included) 4) Complete a creative assessment/exit card to illustrate their understanding of the different forms of government. (Included) Teacher STEP-BY-STEP directions are included.

By learningisapassion

U.S. Government: The Origins of U.S. Government Student Activity

U.S. Government: The Origins of U.S. Government Student Activity

In this 21 page packet your students will have everything they need to complete an activity that addresses the following question: “How did British documents, Enlightenment philosophers, democratic precedents, grievances against their monarch and a failed confederation grow the tree of Representative Democracy in America and mold the U.S. Constitution?” In other words, why didn’t the people in the United States choose a monarchy for their new country? In this activity, your students will: 1) Answer a warm-up question after watching a short public access video that will trigger student prior knowledge (worksheet and web address is provided) 2) Work in small groups or individually (teacher choice) to examine 13 primary source excerpts that address the essential question. (Primary Source Excerpts, Discussion questions and graphic organizers provided) 3) Complete an assessment activity of their choice (2 assignment choices are provided). This lesson contains all handouts, slides and Step-by Step Teacher Directions. Caution- this lesson will cause your students to use their critical thinking skills **This lesson comes in PDF format but if you prefer an editable version of this lesson just email me at learningisapassion@yahoo.com, after purchase and I will send you this lesson in PPT format. Thanks!

By learningisapassion

The Constitutional Convention ~ A Student Webquest~

The Constitutional Convention ~ A Student Webquest~

Students will have fun completing this preview/review about the Constitutional Convention using the QR codes provided. (Students who do not have the free QR code reader app on their smartphone can still complete the assignment either using the websites provided or the class textbook). The QR codes/websites provided send students to short articles or video links where they learn about the Constitutional Convention and then use what they learn to complete the graphic organizer. Fun Activity!

By learningisapassion

6 Basic Principles of the Constitution ~Student Activity~

6 Basic Principles of the Constitution ~Student Activity~

This 4 page resource includes 2 graphic organizer/worksheets and is a great short activity to introduce or review the 6 Basic Principles of the Constitution (Limited Government, Checks and Balances, Popular Sovereignty, Judicial Review, Separation of Power, and Federalism). Students will scan the QR code (or use the internet) to watch a short public access video describing the 6 principles and record a definition and example (OR they can use their class textbook if they don’t have internet access). They will then apply their understanding of the principles in a color coded matching activity! FUN! TEACHER ANSWER KEY INCLUDED

By learningisapassion

U.S. Constitution: Federalist V. Anti-Federalist ~ A Primary Source & PPT ~

U.S. Constitution: Federalist V. Anti-Federalist ~ A Primary Source & PPT ~

In this 8 page, U.S. Government/U.S. History activity your students will: 1) Complete short background notes on a graphic organizer about the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. (Full Color Power-point provided) 2) work in groups (or independently) to examine 7 excerpts from the arguments written by the Federalists and Anti-Federalists for and against ratification. 3) Share out the major arguments for and against ratification and record it on their graphic organizer. 4) Complete an EXIT CARD activity (included) All handouts, power-point slides included. Teacher Directions included.

By learningisapassion

19 Economics Videos with Worksheets! ~Student Activities~

19 Economics Videos with Worksheets! ~Student Activities~

This Economic video collection contains 19 (I recently added 3) public access video links (QR Codes and web addresses provided) and corresponding worksheets for various economic topics. Most video activities (video and worksheet) can be completed in 10 minutes or less and are perfect as warm-up activities, review activities or to supplement a lecture. Students can scan the QR Codes provided (with their free QR Code reader app on any smartphone) OR can just watch the videos on any computer with internet connection. If students do not have internet access, you can project these videos on the LCD projector and watch them as a class. ANSWER KEYS are provided. Topics include: -Gross Domestic Product -Supply -Demand -Equilibrium -Labor Market -Circular Flow Model -Externalities -Demand with income effect and substitution effect -Birth of Markets -Natural resources and the economy -Mankiw’s 10 Principles of Economics -Money and Banks -Federal Reserve -Minimum wage debate -Globalization …..And more!

By learningisapassion

U.S. Constitution: An Overview ~A Power-point & Student Activity~

U.S. Constitution: An Overview ~A Power-point & Student Activity~

This 16 page lesson is perfect to give your students a quick overview of the layout of the U.S. Constitution. What is the purpose of each section/article? How many articles are there? etc. I use this lesson BEFORE I dig deeper into each individual section. In this lesson your students will: 1) Take notes on their graphic organizer while the FULL COLOR power-point is being displayed. 2) Watch a short public access video to reinforce their understanding of the layout of the Constitution. 3) Use a mnemonic "silly sentence" to help them remember each section/article of the Constitution. All worksheets, links and 9 slide power-point included.

By learningisapassion

U.S. Government: The Legislative Branch Student Handbook Activity

U.S. Government: The Legislative Branch Student Handbook Activity

In this (15 page) activity, your students will create a handbook that addresses each section of the U.S. Constitution- Article I: The Legislative Branch. There are 13 pages in the handbook, each covering a different section/topic in Article I, that students will complete using their classroom textbook and/or the websites/QR Codes provided. Students will be required to watch a series of short, high interest, public access videos to complete portions of their handbook. Once their handbook is complete they will cut out and staple their pages together to make a book! Fun! Topics addressed: - Permanent Apportionment Act that established the 435 seat House - Congressional Apportionment - The House of Representatives (Congressman) who represents the district where your student lives (Bio of Congressman) - Gerrymandering - Comparison of the House V. Senate (term, qualifications, salary etc.) - The Senators that represent the state where your student lives (Bio of 1 Senator) - Congressional Organization (Majority Leaders, Minority Leaders, Whips etc.) - Congressional Powers (Expressed, Implied, Inherent) - What does an “Opening Day” in Congress look like? - Writing a formal letter to a member of Congress on an issue of concern to the student (formatting) All Student Handouts and links to public access videos included. Teacher Answer Key is provided on select portions.

By learningisapassion

Washington D.C. Tour ~A Student Activity~

Washington D.C. Tour ~A Student Activity~

In this 38 page activity your students will be able to identify and briefly describe the purpose of 20 important Landmarks in Washington D.C. Your students will: 1) Watch a short public access video to be introduced to 20 landmarks. 2) Complete a series of worksheets in which they label pictures of the 20 landmarks and label a map of the location of the landmarks in Washington D.C. 3) Be assigned 1 landmark to research briefly; answering a set of specific questions and will share with the class what they learned about the Landmarks. 4) Complete 20 "trading card" style study cards to use as a study guide for a quiz on the landmarks. All Power-point slides, student worksheets, answer key and STEP BY STEP Teacher directions are included.

By learningisapassion

US Government: Executive Branch Activities & Video

US Government: Executive Branch Activities & Video

In this 10 page activity packet your students will explore the Executive Branch: Article II of the US Constitution. The worksheets and activities included are very versatile and could be used in a variety of ways. Included in this packet: 1) A fun quiz that will help your students determine if they relate more to the Republican, Democratic or Independent parties. 2) 3 Graphic Organizers that help students take notes on the job and responsibilities of the Executive Branch. (They can complete using the class textbook or internet) 3) Directions for a creative Mandala activity involving the President's Cabinet and a Cornell Notes worksheet to complete class presentations 4) a 24 minute public access video (an Overview video of the executive Branch) with a student worksheet 5) Teacher Directions and an answer key for the video

By learningisapassion