Foundations of U.S. Government

posted Nov 27, 2010, 8:03 PM by John Lustig   [ updated Dec 1, 2010, 10:55 PM ]
Description
Students will choose from one of four projects to demonstrate learning about the main ideas and key components of the Constitution of the United States by defining the three branches of the United States government and providing the details that are the checks and balances for the branches of the United States government. 

Subject Area
Government

Grade Level
9-12

Technology Integrated
  1. MS PowerPoint, Google Presentation, or VoiceThread, Digital Camera
  2. Garageband, Flip Video, iMovie, Audacity, Windows MovieMaker, JayCut
  3. MS Word, Google Docs
Link
See lesson pdf attached below.

Activities 

1. Constitution Jeopardy project - questions/answers and Jeopardy game using PowerPoint Jeopardy template 
  • Using the Constitution as a resource, students will create 4 categories with six questions in each category about the Constitution and each of the three branches of U.S. government. 
  • Projects should include at least one question that involves a photo, which students will locate using the Internet or capture themselves using a digital camera. 
  • Technology - MS PowerPoint
2. Constitution of the United States slideshow 
  • Using the Constitution of the U.S. and the Internet as resources, 2-3 students will create a presentation slideshow that demonstrates knowledge and understanding about the key components of the three branches of the U.S. government and their interconnected role in the checks and balances. 
  • Projects must include a combination of text and images that are embedded into the slideshow. 
  • Technology - Choice: MS PowerPoint, Google Presentation, VoiceThread
3. Mock interview between a Federalist from 1787 and a modern day reporter. 
  • 2-3 students will role play an interview between a modern day TV news reporter and 1-2 Federalists who were involved in the Second Continental Convention and the compromises that led to the creation of the Constitution of the United States. 
  • Using the Constitution of the U.S. and the Internet, 2-3 students will create a transcript of interview questions and answers that they will then record while acting out. 
  • Students may capture their interview as an audio recording or as a video recording. 
  • Technology - Garageband, Audacity, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Digital Video camera, Flip video
4. Constitution of the United States informational brochure 
  • Using the Constitution of the United States, 2-3 students will locate information that demonstrates an understanding about the key components of the three branches of the U.S. government and their interconnected role in the checks and balances. 
  • Students will use a word processor or other desktop publishing application to create a three panel (six columns on two sheets of paper) informational brochure about the Constitution of the United States. 
  • Brochures must include images, text based graphics, text, and be colorful. 
  • Brochures must be organized and thoughtfully assembled.
  • Technology - MS Word, Google Docs
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John Lustig,
Nov 27, 2010, 8:22 PM
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