Lesson Plans
American Government 1st Q 12.13 Lesson Plans
Week: 08/20/2012 Instructor: Jennifer Stevenson Academics
Introduction to Government

No Government Simulation
General Course Introduction: Seat Assignments, Syllabus, Introductions, Textbooks
Brainstorm Activity: What is government and why do we need it?

Homework: Sign syllabus with parent/guardian (Due Tuesday), Begin reading Unit 1 (Checked next Monday)
Philosophies and Types of Governments

Read and compare John Locke's "Second Treatise of Government" and the "Declaration of Independence"
PowerPoint about types of governments

Homework: "My Ideal Government" (Due Thursday), Read Unit 1 (Checked next Monday)
The Constitution

Brainstorm activity: The Benefits of Democracy
PowerPoint history review: Creating the Constitution
Find it in the Constitution game

Homework: "My Ideal Government" (Due Thursday), Read Unit 1 (Checked next Monday)
Changing the Constitution

Introduction to the Bill of Rights
Types and examples of changes to the constitution over time
Pair activity: Compare and contrast the founder's America and today's America

Homework: Read Unit 1 (Checked next Monday)

PowerPoint on America's many levels of government and how they get along
Test review/prep

Homework: Prepare for Unit 1 Test (Monday), Read Unit 1 (Checked next Monday)