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 a PowerPoint with guided notes, and then a reading on the characteristics of democracy.

There is then a full day of review with links to online review games designed specifically for this unit, a study guide, and a worksheet. Lastly is an editable assessment for the unit.

If you are interested in just this unit for your class, you can download it individually here on TpT and start using all the resources today! 

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