This activity will help students understand the need for rules, the rulemaking process, and the role of the student / citizen. Students will be introduced to the relationship between rules and laws and how citizens can establish laws in their communities, much like rules in the classroom, to help them live together.
In this lesson, students learn about responsibility and apply the concept to segments of the U.S. Constitution.
Through several activities, students learn about the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own duties as citizens of a democracy
Students will better understand the concept of the Electoral College by participating in a mock Electoral College vote.
This lesson is designed to teach students to appreciate the most basic practices of democracy in the United States: The lesson can be taught in three or four 45-minute class periods. At the heart of the lesson are three easy-to-teach activities (or simulations).
Through these activities, students learn about the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy.
Sudents review a case study which helps them distinguish between legal and ethical questions
By the end of this lesson, students will understand what the Constitution is and
what it does for them; recognize key images related to the
Constitution and its history.
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution sets out the purposes or functions of American government as envisioned by the framers. Using the Preamble as a guide, students will identify the purposes of their own classroom and create a class “constitution.”
In this lesson students learn about the process of voir dire and the use of peremptory challenges. Through the study of three actual Supreme Court cases, students gain background information for a classroom lesson.