Unit 5: Campaigns, Elections, & the Media

civics units Dec 14, 2017

 After covering the ideology, the political spectrum, and political parties in the previous unit, this unit plan focuses on Campaigns, Elections, and the Media. Remember, you get immediate access to this engaging and thorough unit plan when you join Students of Civics

Topics covered in this unit include: 

  • Campaigning
  • How candidates are selected
  • The election process
  • Landmark American elections
  • The Electoral College
  • Campaign finance laws
  • Citizens United and its affect on campaigns
  • Gerrymandering
  • The media and "Fake News"
  • And more!

The unit begins with an overview of elections in the United States along with how political participation has increased through Amendments like the 15th & 19th, as well as other laws. 

Next, students look at the Electoral College and significant or contested elections like those in 1876, 2000, and other years and the impact they had. 

The next lesson plan has students analyzing gerrymandering and doing...

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Unit 4: Political Parties

civics units Dec 14, 2017

Unit 4 in our complete American Government curriculum covers Political Parties and ideology! 

This is an engaging unit filled with rigorous and relevant resources that both you and your students will appreciate. 

Topics covered in the unit include: 

  • Political party platforms
  • The 2-party system and history of parties in America
  • The political spectrum
  • Political parties quiz
  • Comparing liberals & conservatives
  • Analyzing campaign commercials
  • Famous political ads in history

Each day throughout the unit, your students will be engaging with the highest quality resources and proven lesson plans. 

There are primary sources including George Washington's farewell address, Google Doc digital resources, and engaging interactive notebook pages. To review, there is a Quizlet vocabulary set, Kahoot and Quizizz games, and more! 

You can download this awesome unit here on TpT

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Unit 9: Civil Liberties

civics units Dec 14, 2017

Unit 9 in the Students of Civics curriculum focuses on the Civil Liberties and their place in America.  This is 2-3 week unit plan will help your students understand what civil liberties are, when they were taken away in the past, and the role they play in our society today. 

It's full of engaging and thought-provoking activities that you and your students will love. 

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • Civil Liberties vs. Civil Rights
  • Freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights
  • Privacy rights
  • The Incorporation Doctrine
  • The Alien & Sedition Acts
  • The Amistad case
  • Abraham Lincoln's suspension of Habeas Corpus
  • San Francisco's "Pigtail Ordinance" in the 1870's
  • Executive Order 9066
  • A lesson on Charlottesville & Confederate monuments
  • The ACLU and current Civil Liberties issues

The unit begins with the basics of Civil Liberties and how they differ from Civil Rights. There's a PowerPoint with guided notes, reading, and worksheet, plus recommended video links. 

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American Constitution Unit Plan

civics units Nov 27, 2017

Obviously, for an American Government course, one of the most important units of the year is that on the US Constitution. Students need to leave your class with a thorough understanding of America's founding document, and with our Complete Civics Curriculum, that's exactly what will happen! 

This month-long unit on the Constitution features tons of great activities, including all of these: 

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Unit 2: Foundations of American Government Unit Plan & Lessons

civics units Nov 27, 2017

After finishing the first unit on the beginning and purpose of government, Unit 2 in our curriculum focuses on the foundations of America's government. 

Topics covered in this month-long unit include: 

  • Government in Athens and Ancient Rome
  • The Magna Carta, Petition of Right, & English Bill of Rights
  • Locke, Hobbes, and the Enlightenment Philosophers
  • The Mayflower Compact
  • Thomas Paine's Common Sense
  • George Mason and the Virginia Declaration of Rights
  • Jefferson and the Statute of Religious Freedom
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Fundamentals of American Democracy

Students begin the unit comparing the governments of ancient Athens and Rome using an interactive Google Drive page and station activity. 

Next, students analyze the development of rights in England with a PowerPoint and guided notes sheet, reading on the Magna Carta, Google Drive page, and podcast. 

Day 3 has students  looking at the Enlightenment through an engaging "Magic Portrait"...

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Unit 1: Intro to Government

civics units Nov 27, 2017

The first unit in our American Government curriculum introduces students to the basics of government over 2 weeks. 

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • Defining a State and their Characteristics
  • Introducing the Purpose of Government
  • Theories on How Government Began
  • Types of Governments
  • Characteristics of Democracy

The first day in the unit features a PowerPoint and guided notes / interactive notebook page on the "state" and what the purpose of government is. Students then use an interactive Google Drive page to use the Preamble of the Constitution as a way to look at the purposes of government. 

Day 2 features another PowerPoint and interactive notebook page along with a fun "chalkboard splash" activity and cartoon assignment. 

Next, students look at forms of government with a stations activity, video, and assignment to look at modern examples of each form of government. 

The next class period, students watch a short, video on democracy, review...

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Our Judicial Branch Unit

civics units Nov 22, 2017

After covering the Legislative and Executive Branches comes the final unit for the Branches of Government with this unit on America's Judicial Branch. Remember, you get immediate access to this engaging and thorough unit plan when you join Students of Civics

The unit begins with a great discussion starter activity to get students thinking about how "law" and "justice" are debatable and sometimes what is right and wrong is not always so clear. Then you move on to a PowerPoint and guided notes sheet on the American judicial system so students understand courts, trials, and how the system is structured. 

The next day explores the US Supreme Court with a PowerPoint, interactive notebook page, DBQ, and activity to help students understand the highest court in the land. 

Day 3 continues on the Supreme Court with a lesson on Judicial Review and the court's power to declare acts of Congress unconstitutional. Students also begin looking at specific court cases...

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Our Executive Branch Unit

civics units Nov 07, 2017

Obviously, one of the most important goals of a Civics class is for students to understand the Executive Branch. When you join Students of Civics, you get access to this engaging and thorough unit plan! 

The unit begins with an overview of the President, including a PowerPoint with guided notes, video links, and an analysis of several polls on America's presidents. Students then begin an awesome project to create a Roller Coaster that represents all of America's presidents. This is a really fun project that allows your students to interpret who they feel are the best and worst of our presidents with an interactive, Project Based Learning format. 

Students will likely need multiple class days for this and then move on to analyze the Roles of the President with a PowerPoint , interactive notebook page, and current event assignment. 

Next, student look into the President's cabinet and government bureaucracy. After learning about all of the departments, students...

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Our Unit on the Legislative Branch

civics units Nov 01, 2017

I am really excited about this new Civics unit on the Legislative Branch! 

This is unit for our American Government curriculum can range from 7 days through to 3-4 weeks or longer! That's because it includes a full Mock Congress simulation that you can use for just a couple days or extend for weeks if your students get really into it! 

My students love the simulation and often dive deep into their roles as Congressmen and women to work on meaningful legislation! 

The unit begins with an overview of Congress, with activities on the differences between the House and Senate including a PowerPoint, interactive notebook page, Google Doc, video, and homework worksheet! 

Day 2 covers the Expressed & Implied Powers of Congress with an analysis of Article 2 of the Constitution, interactive notebook page, Quizlet set, movie suggestions, and more! 

The next day has students reviewing Congressional Committees through a Google Doc activity and current event...

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Civics and Government Curriculum Resources Now Available!

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2017

Hi there! I have been hard at work these past few months getting my American Government resources ready to be posted here at StudentsofCivics.com

You might know that I already have Complete Curricula available for both World History and US History available for subscription at StudentsofHistory.org. However, it took me awhile to figure out a way that worked well for government as well. 

I tend to use a lot of current events in Government and (as I'm sure we're all aware) politics these days are a whirlwind. I knew I had a lot of great resources to share though and realized now is the time that we need strong Government classes the most. 

So, while the curriculum you'll find here isn't complete yet (as of October 2017), it will be soon. I know that teachers still need activities for the units you're teaching now. 

So, I decided to make the site available now, with the first five units available:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Government
  • Unit 2: Foundations of...
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