Design a Country Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students will discuss the various aspects of a country, debate the ways that those aspects interact and put that debate into practice by creating their own country.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • Identify the factors that define a country
  • Engage in a discussion about how these factors relate and interact
  • Apply their ideas creatively towards a group project

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.B

Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.4

Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

Materials

  • Access to Internet
  • Paper and writing utensils

Vocabulary

  • Borders
  • Federal government
  • Currency
  • Pastimes
  • National motto
  • United Nations
  • NATO

Instructions

  • Ask students to think about all of the things that define the United States as a nation. Have them brainstorm ideas, and write them on the board. Once they've exhausted their ideas, you can ask them the following as well:
    • What are the USA's borders?
    • What kind of government does the USA have?
    • What is the relationship between the federal government and the states?
    • What is the national motto?
    • What does the national economy look like?
    • What sorts of issues are important to Americans?
    • What kind of currency do Americans use?
    • What are important national holidays?
    • What are important national pastimes?
    • What is the relationship between the USA and other countries?

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