About This Chapter
Below is a sample breakdown of the Forms of Government chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Key functions of government in the U.S.||Protection, regulation, basic services and defense|
|Tuesday||Democracy||Participatory democracy vs. representative democracy|
|Wednesday||Autocracy||Compare authoritarian autocracy and totalitarian autocracy|
|Thursday||Constitutional government types||Unitary vs. federal government|
|Friday||Purpose of transitional governments||Martial law, state-building and nation-building|
1. What is Government? - Definition, Role & Functions
In this lesson, we will examine the various definitions of government. Then we will take a close look at the functions of the U.S. government and the role it plays in citizens' everyday lives.
2. What is Democracy? - Definition, Types & Principles
In this lesson, we will study the nature of democracy. We will define the term, take a look at the types of democracy, and examine its basic principles.
3. What is Autocracy? - Totalitarianism vs. Authoritarianism
In this lesson, you'll imagine living in an autocracy. You will consider what would change if you went from an authoritarian society to a more totalitarian approach to government.
4. Types of Constitutional Government
Learn about constitutional governments through the eyes of a citizen of a fictional country undergoing change. Gain insight into what each of these styles means as you weigh the benefits of unitary and federal types.
5. The Purpose of a Transitional Government
In this lesson, you'll imagine what it would be like to live in a country where the government has just been overthrown. We'll discuss the purpose of transitional governments and what challenges they face.
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