Due to how heated politics have recently gotten, it can be challenging to teach a regular government course. While the purpose is to educate how the government works, students come in with different opinions. They are old enough to hear their parents talking at home. Thus, they can come in ready to vocalize how they, or their parents, feel about the government. Thankfully, this resource for teaching Civics and American Government Course is filled with fact-based information. After using this resource, students will learn correct information about the government in order to justify their thoughts.
This semester-long regular government and civics course is packed with content! There are over 500 EDITABLE activities all in one incredible organized package. Absolutely everything is needed in order to teach a regular government course from the first day to the very last one. If you teach AP Government or personal finance with economics you may also like this post!
Unit 1: Constitutional Foundation:
Students will go back to the start of government to see why it matters. They will delve deeper into the Constitution and see why it is a founding document. Thus, students will see why Constitutional principles are at the core of our government.
Unit 2: Political Beliefs and Behaviors:
Students will love the 11 days of this section. To bring in engagement, students will learn about political parties through stations. Additionally, they will learn all about voting and why it matters. Furthermore, they will learn what exactly interest groups are through engaging activities. Ultimately, students will better understand political parties with these lessons!
Unit 3: Executive Branch:
Over the next 4 days, students will understand the roles of this branch. First, they will explore the electoral college through creative stations. Second, they will gain a clear grasp on the various roles of the president. Additionally, there is a project that will ensure students understand how complex the presidency really is.
Unit 4: Legislative Branch:
Students will begin this section by learning all about Congress. To do this, they will learn about the House of Representatives and the Senate. In elaboration, students will learn about enumerated powers and how a bill becomes a law. Ultimately, students will see criticisms of Congress and how detailed this branch is.
Unit 5: Judicial Branch:
These 6 lessons will greatly help students learn about The Supreme Court. For instance, they will see how the different branches and the Supreme Court have to work together in many ways. This rigorous resource will definitely help students understand how hard the Supreme Court works!
Unit 6: Final Research Paper and Project:
To finish, students will choose a topic related to the American Government. Then, they will go through an 8-step process. For example, they will create a personal opinion on the topic with the support of research. Specifically, they will also have to analyze the U.S. Census Data on the topic and create their own survey. Lastly, students will put everything together to create a well-written research paper.
BONUS 18 Week Civics and American Government Course:
Your course may have already started, but students are not finding it very engaging. Or, you may simply not have time to plan with everything life throws your way. Therefore, an 18-week government course is included! There are 3-5 activities for each week and a project-based learning project! Students will learn about many topics, such as the branches of government, voting, and political parties. This alone is a value of $75!
In order to keep students engaged throughout the entire course, there are tons of teaching techniques used. All of the units include complete lesson plans and an outline on the order of lessons. In addition to this, ALL needed materials and student activities are included in order to implement the lessons. This includes documentaries, Powerpoints, and tests/assessments. In order to keep lessons exciting, there are also multiple projects, 8 different stations, debates, and a Civic Action Project. Additionally, there are assignments over current events in order to ensure students are exploring how the government impacts society. Thus, students will be completing different lessons each day with the Civics and American Government Course!
Teacher Benefits of the Civics and American Government Course
As a secondary Social Studies teacher, I understand the frustration over the lack of Civics and American Government resources out there. There are so many different preps and so little already made, so it can be extremely stressful to personally create new activities. Therefore, this bundle has everything needed for teachers to implement a time-tested unit. In addition to this, all files are organized into unit folders for ease of access. After purchasing, these files also receive FREE updates! I teach this course every year and like to update my plans. Thus, anyone who purchases the bundle will receive the updates for no additional cost! Even better, email support is provided from me. So, if you have any questions after purchasing, I will be here to help guide and support.
The Civics and American Government course resource is filled with engaging, hands-on lessons! Students will greatly expand their critical thinking skills while learning all about the government. By the end of the course, students will be well-informed and support their own opinion on all the government does.
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