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Ch 2: Government Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Use the lesson plan suggestions in this chapter to improve your lesson plans for your government class. Review the topical lessons to refresh your knowledge of main government topics before teaching those concepts to your students.

Government Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our instructors assembled this lesson plans chapter to help teachers, like yourself, create engaging lessons plans for their own government classes and discover new ideas for classroom activities and discussions. In these lessons, you will see ideas for teaching about:

  • Powers of Congress
  • Branches of government
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Supreme Court
  • Propaganda
  • Interest groups
  • Affirmative action
  • Constitutional amendments
  • Citizenship and civil society
  • And more!

After looking through the lesson plans material, use the topical lessons to help refresh your understanding of the topics. You can also use the videos or quizzes in those chapter with your students, as part of your lessons.

How It Helps

  • Vocabulary words: See ideas for creating lesson plans that teach the vocabulary students need to understand government.
  • Learning objectives: Enhance your abilities creating lessons around specific government learning objectives.
  • Required class materials: Refresh your understanding of key topics covered in any government class.
  • Student engagement: Use the class activities suggestions, discussion questions, or group project ideas to get your students involved and excited about government.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning government lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific government topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your government class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related government lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important government concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant government-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

49 Lessons in Chapter 2: Government Lesson Plans
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Government: Definition, Purpose & Types

1. Government: Definition, Purpose & Types

In this lesson, you will explore the concept and forms of government and discover how different types of government use and control their power. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Government Projects for High School Students

2. Government Projects for High School Students

Active involvement helps students learn about government. Here are some ideas for projects that promote active involvement. Why not try one of them in your classroom?

Parliament Lesson Plan

3. Parliament Lesson Plan

Teach your students the ins and outs of a parliamentary government with this lesson plan. Students will watch an engaging video lesson defining and explaining parliamentary government and giving examples in the real world. Quiz, discussion questions, and a fun activity are included.

Parliamentary Government: Definition, Examples, Advantages & Disadvantages

4. Parliamentary Government: Definition, Examples, Advantages & Disadvantages

In this lesson you will learn what a parliamentary government is, and discover how it functions with examples like Australia and Germany. Then learn some of the advantages and disadvantages of a parliamentary system of government.

Dollar Diplomacy Lesson Plan

5. Dollar Diplomacy Lesson Plan

What in the world is dollar diplomacy? This lesson plan uses both a text and a video lesson to summarize this political practice for students. A fun game assesses comprehension.

Dollar Diplomacy: Definition & Examples

6. Dollar Diplomacy: Definition & Examples

There are many forms of diplomacy. In this lesson, we'll talk about the dollar diplomacy of the early 20th century and see how it influenced American foreign policy.

Impeachment Lesson Plan

7. Impeachment Lesson Plan

This lesson plan gives your class key vocabulary, a quiz, discussion topics and questions, a mini-activity, and a full-fledged activity so students can better understand the process of impeachment.

Impeachment: Definition, Process & Requirements

8. Impeachment: Definition, Process & Requirements

The following lesson will cover impeachment, or the process by which the president, vice president or other civil officer can be removed from office. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Constitutional Monarchy Lesson Plan

9. Constitutional Monarchy Lesson Plan

What is a constitutional monarchy and which countries use this system of government? This lesson plan uses an informative text lesson to summarize this concept for students. An activity connects students to the roles and responsibilities of current constitutional monarchs.

Constitutional Monarchy: Definition & Examples

10. Constitutional Monarchy: Definition & Examples

There are many forms of government in the world. In this lesson, we're going to check out the constitutional monarchy and see how political and social power is held and divided.

Absolute Monarchy Lesson Plan

11. Absolute Monarchy Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores absolute power and its early implementation in three main countries. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, create a skit and take a quiz.

Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

12. Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

During the 17th century, Europe experienced economics crises, religious wars, and civil unrest. Absolute monarchy was but one response to the search for a more ordered society. In this lesson, learn the definition, characteristics and prime historic examples of absolutism.

Brinkmanship Lesson Plan

13. Brinkmanship Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces students to the concept of brinkmanship, a 'negotiation' strategy utilized by many countries, organizations and people. Through reading a text lesson, participating in discussion questions and engaging in a 'real-life' brinkmanship scenario, students will understand the concept.

Brinkmanship: Definition & Policy

14. Brinkmanship: Definition & Policy

Through this lesson, you will learn about the controversial style of negotiation known as brinksmanship, and gain insight into how the tactic has been used as a form of governmental foreign policy.

Dictatorship Lesson Plan

15. Dictatorship Lesson Plan

Discussing differnt types of government with your students? Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction of what a dictatorship is. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

What is a Dictatorship? - Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

16. What is a Dictatorship? - Definition, Facts, Characteristics & Examples

Learn what a dictatorship is and discover some countries you may not have known are ruled by dictators. Learn what makes a dictatorship and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Representative Democracy Lesson Plan

17. Representative Democracy Lesson Plan

If you're discussing democracy, this lesson plan explores representative democracy. Students will watch a video, answer questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

What is Representative Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

18. What is Representative Democracy? - Definition, Examples, Pros & Cons

Democracy has become, for many Americans, an unquestionable positive. For most of us, referring to a nation as 'un-democratic' is a pretty strong slur. But what does it really mean to be 'democratic?' Where did this idea come from? And what is 'representative democracy,' the sort practiced in the United States?

Create Your Own Government Lesson Plan

19. Create Your Own Government Lesson Plan

There are many forms of government in this world. With this lesson plan, students will be able to research several kinds of governments and create one of their own.

Passport Lesson Plan for Elementary School

20. Passport Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Your students are going to have a great time learning about passports and why they are required as they have a discussion and then create their own mock passport books.

Freedom Week Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Freedom Week Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teachers can use ideas in this lesson plan to develop activities focused on historical documents that can become the center of a Freedom Week celebration. Related children's books and discussion focus students' attention on the importance of these historical documents.

Types of Government Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. Types of Government Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will teach your students about different types of governments through the reading of a text lesson that explains governmental structures. Students will apply these concepts with hands-on activities and then demonstrate understanding with a role-playing project.

Espionage Lesson Plan

23. Espionage Lesson Plan

What is espionage and how has it been used throughout history? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline critical points about espionage. A fun activity creates a resource for would-be spies.

Parliamentary Procedure Lesson Plan

24. Parliamentary Procedure Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the methods and ideologies behind parliamentary procedure. They will then practice this system by writing and debating their own classroom policies.

Parliamentary Procedure Lesson Plan for Elementary School

25. Parliamentary Procedure Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about parliamentary procedures. Students will be able to answer questions using text evidence to support their answers and role play conducting a meeting using parliamentary procedures.

Parliamentary Procedure: Lesson for Kids

26. Parliamentary Procedure: Lesson for Kids

Ever wonder how people keep a meeting from turning into chaos and frustration with everyone talking at once? In this lesson, discover the way to lead a respectful and considerate meeting using parliamentary procedure.

Queen Elizabeth II Lesson Plan

27. Queen Elizabeth II Lesson Plan

Who is Queen Elizabeth II and what role does she fill in England? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to highlight key facts about the monarch. An activity connects students to Queen Elizabeth II's words and daily activities.

Queen Elizabeth II: Biography & Facts

28. Queen Elizabeth II: Biography & Facts

Queen Elizabeth II has been one of the most influential figures in the 20th century, redefining our modern conceptions of monarchy. In this lesson, we'll look at her life and influence, and see how she reshaped the British Crown.

British Monarchy Lesson Plan

29. British Monarchy Lesson Plan

In this lesson we help our students dive deeper into the history of the British monarchy and how it changed over time through group research and presentations as well as longer individual reports.

The History and Power of the British Monarchy

30. The History and Power of the British Monarchy

In this lesson, we will explore the history of the British monarchy from its early days to modern times. We will pay special attention to the ways in which the monarch's power has changed throughout the centuries.

Canadian Government Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. Canadian Government Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students about the Canadian government with this lesson plan that uses a text lesson to outline the structure, discuss content and compare to real-life situations, and do an activity that strengthens understanding.

Canadian Government Lesson Plan

32. Canadian Government Lesson Plan

Your students will learn about the Canadian government with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a quiz about the government of Canada, and take part in a role-playing activity.

Canadian Government: Structure, Type & Facts

33. Canadian Government: Structure, Type & Facts

While it doesn't get as much attention as its neighbor to the south, Canada has an interesting system of government. In this lesson, we'll take a look at Canada's type and structure of government, as well as a few details about it.

Forms of Government Lesson Plan

34. Forms of Government Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about different forms of government. Students will watch a video and answer questions. Then, they will compare and contrast democracy, oligarchy, authoritarianism, monarchy, and totalitarianism.

Nation States Lesson Plan

35. Nation States Lesson Plan

This lesson plan assists teachers in presenting the factors that led to the rise of the formation of nation-states. Through discussion, question and answer, games, and group research projects, students will gain a deep understanding of this concept.

Purposes of Government Lesson Plan

36. Purposes of Government Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students understand the purposes of government. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Australian Government Lesson Plan

37. Australian Government Lesson Plan

How does the Australian government compare to that of the US? In this lesson, students learn about the Australian government and complete a project comparing it to the government of the US.

Australian Government System: Type & Role

38. Australian Government System: Type & Role

Australia is the largest island nation in the world. In this lesson, we are going to examine the government that oversees this country and see how it's composed.

Origins of Government Lesson Plan

39. Origins of Government Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn to distinguish between four major theories on the origins of government. They will act out these theories in groups, considering arguments for and against each.

Government: Origin Theories & Purposes

40. Government: Origin Theories & Purposes

Has it ever crossed your mind as to how the first governments arose? The information we will discuss in this lesson will cover the different theories on the origination of government and the purposes for the creation of the first governments.

Civil Resistance Lesson Plan

41. Civil Resistance Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about civil resistance. They will explore its goals and methods as well as organize their own protests regarding historic issues.

Ideals of Government Activities for High School

42. Ideals of Government Activities for High School

If you are teaching government to your high school students, you might want to spend some time focusing on different ideals. This lesson provides activities that will keep students engaged in this topic.

State & Local Government Spending & Revenue Activities for High School

43. State & Local Government Spending & Revenue Activities for High School

Learning about spending and revenue at the local and state levels helps students understand the purposes of governments that aren't located in Washington D.C. Consider engaging students in these activities to explore local and state budgets.

Types of Government Lesson Plan

44. Types of Government Lesson Plan

Starting a new unit on government? This lesson plan defines government, explains the purpose, and describes different types of governments in easy-to-understand ways. Follow up with an engaging activity your students will love.

Types of Government Lesson Plan for High School

45. Types of Government Lesson Plan for High School

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about several types of governments. They will apply this knowledge by building a fictional government.

Create Your Own Government Project Ideas

46. Create Your Own Government Project Ideas

By creating their own governments, students will be asked, in these projects, to consider the rights, responsibilities, and moral costs of political authority. Students will become familiar with different systems of government, and understand the implications of each.

American Government Project Ideas for High School

47. American Government Project Ideas for High School

Projects are a main-stay in social studies classrooms of all disciplines because they offer a way to assess several disciplines and encourage students to explore the connections between the disciplines. High school projects offer an engaging way for students to 'show what they know' while reinforcing the critical connections between social studies disciplines.

Democracy Activities for High School

48. Democracy Activities for High School

High school students are familiar with the concept of democracy, but they may not have discussed the detailed technical aspects. These activities will let them think about democracies in new ways.

Classroom Activities for Inauguration Day

49. Classroom Activities for Inauguration Day

A presidential inauguration is a big deal and a great chance to teach students about government. Use these activities to help get students actively involved in the inauguration.

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