Title: Politics in the United States
Primary Content Addressed: United States Government
Grade Level: 12th Grade
Primary Standard: SS.USG.1.4 2007
Learning Objective: Students will define and contrast types of government including democracy, monarchy, oligarchy, and totalitarianism. Bloom: This project will focus on both knowledge and analysis. Students will gather information and then distinguish facts against one another.
Lesson Part 1: Begin the lesson by showing the students a video of one of John F. Kennedy’s speeches, exemplifying the way in which a democratic leader would present his views. Then explain to the students some of the different types of government (democracy, monarchy, oligarchy, and totalitarianism). Lesson Part 2: Break class into four groups (no more than 5 students) and give them a rubric of the project. First, the students will pick one of the four main types of government. Once each group has decided on a different type, they will need to create a PowerPoint presentation over there type. This must include a definition of the government, examples of countries, examples of famous rulers, key dates in history, and a small example of a famous speech. Students will have time to work on PowerPoint presentations in class, in which they have 3 days to complete. After their presentation which need to be at least 10 minutes (no longer than 15), students will sit with their groups, as the teacher begins a debate session. Each group will send one student at a time to debate differing topics. Topics may include how the people of your nation feel about your leadership style, your economy’s prosperity (or lack of), and their approach on wars. Lesson Part 3: Students will be graded on presentation quality and information covered, as well as overall effort and how much work they put into the project. The idea is to improve each student’s presentation skills along with developing a deeper understanding for diverse governments.
Primary Learners Met: Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners will appreciate the presentation and development of a debate. Title: The Greek Civilization
Primary Content Addressed: World History
Grade Level: 10th Grade
Primary Standard: SS.WH.2.5 2007
Learning Objective: Students identify and explain the significance of achievements of Greeks in mathematics, science, philosophy, architecture and the arts and their impact on various peoples and places in subsequent periods of world history. Students will also explain characteristics of the solar system, specifically constellation origins. Bloom: This project will focus on both knowledge and comprehension. Students will gather information and understand the meaning of instructions to a problem.
Lesson Part 1: Begin the lesson by showing students pictures of different types of Greek architecture (like the Coliseum) and explain what an impact Greek culture had on the rest of the world. Lesson Part 2: Students will be given a map of constellations throughout our solar system. Using this map along with an online source, students will have one class period (1 hour) to determine each constellation on the map (15 constellations) and assign it to its Greek name and history information. The idea of integration between world history and science is to show that the Greek influence in the world even spread to our knowledge of science with the solar system. After they have found all 15 constellations and have assigned them to their history, each student will need to study for a quiz the next day. Lesson Part 3: A quiz of 10 constellations will be given to each student. They will be required to match each name to a picture of the constellation, tell what year it was named, and give a short example to its history. Students will be graded on recollection of constellations as well as completion of the previous assignment.
Primary Learners Met: Visual learners will appreciate the...
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