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Ch 1: US Political Science Lesson Plans

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Use the lesson plans found in this course to prepare for teaching your students about American political science. These lessons and lesson plans will go over key topics for your classroom.

US Political Science Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Take the hassle out of teaching your students about American political science by using the lesson plans you can find in this course. Each of these lesson plans covers a different topic on American political science, as well as the best means of conveying these topics to your students. Read through this course to get lesson plans on:

  • Interest groups
  • Gerrymandering
  • The Patriot Act
  • Political parties
  • Affirmative action

Each lesson plan is complemented by an interactive lesson that you can use in your classroom to ensure that you students learn all they need to know about these topics.

How It Helps

  • Key definitions: Provides the definitions of key terms needed to understand American political science
  • Topic summaries: Summarizes important topics and issues currently affecting the American political climate
  • Historical context: Teaches the historical background of these issues so that your students will understand their development and significance

How It Works

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

  • Find lesson plans for specific political science topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your social studies class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related U.S. political science 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 political science concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant political science-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

29 Lessons in Chapter 1: US Political Science Lesson Plans
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Interest Groups Lesson Plan

1. Interest Groups Lesson Plan

Interest groups have been a powerful force in American politics for quite some time. With this lesson plan, you'll find the tools to help your students understand how they work and their impact on the political scene.

Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups

2. Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups

The following lesson will discuss how interest groups are developed and maintained. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Interest Groups in U.S. Politics Activities for High School

3. Interest Groups in U.S. Politics Activities for High School

Clear understanding of the role interest groups play in the US is key for high school students. This lesson gives you some activities to get students actively working toward comprehending what interest groups are about in US democracy.

Gerrymandering: Definition, History, Types & Examples

4. Gerrymandering: Definition, History, Types & Examples

Gerrymandering is the process of drawing congressional districts in a way that favors one political party or interest group. In this lesson, we'll consider examples of gerrymandering, some typical strategies, and gerrymandering's effect on elections.

What Is the Patriot Act? - Definition, Summary, Pros & Cons

5. What Is the Patriot Act? - Definition, Summary, Pros & Cons

Learn about the U.S. Patriot Act in this lesson. Review a summary of the Patriot Act and the key components of the law. Examine the pros and cons of the act to gain a thorough understanding of the law.

Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

6. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

Affirmative Action Lesson Plan

7. Affirmative Action Lesson Plan

Affirmative action is a controversial topic. In this lesson plan, students investigate the roots of affirmative action, then debate the pros and cons.

Affirmative Action: Definition & History

8. Affirmative Action: Definition & History

Affirmative action is a controversial topic that is still debated in American society today. In this lesson, we'll look at the roots of this policy, as well as arguments for and against it.

Homeland Security Lesson Plan

9. Homeland Security Lesson Plan

What is the Department of Homeland Security in the United States of America? This lesson plan provides a solid knowledge base to students through the use of a text lesson and a small group activity.

Department of Homeland Security: Definition, History & Agencies

10. Department of Homeland Security: Definition, History & Agencies

Learn about the history of the Department of Homeland Security in this lesson. Discover the origins of the Department and its agencies, and see how the Department aims to fight terrorism and protect the United States.

Current Events Lesson Plan

11. Current Events Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces students to current events and guides students through two recent conflicts. Help students grasp the importance of recent history and learn how to discuss current events.

George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

12. George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States forced President George W. Bush to reappraise his foreign policy. Learn about the tragic day, the Bush Doctrine and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Elastic Clause Lesson Plan

13. Elastic Clause Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the elastic clause with this lesson plan. Students will watch an educational video explaining what the clause is, how it came about, and why it's still used today. Discussion questions, a quiz, and engaging activity are included.

The Elastic Clause of the Constitution: Definition & Example

14. The Elastic Clause of the Constitution: Definition & Example

How can a government designed in the 18th century deal with modern issues? The answer is in the 'necessary and proper clause' of the U.S. Constitution, better known as the 'elastic clause,' which allows Congress to make laws it needs to carry out its own powers.

U.S. Foreign Policy Lesson Plan

15. U.S. Foreign Policy Lesson Plan

What is U.S. foreign policy and how does it change in the face of conflict? This lesson plan integrates a video lesson to explain U.S. foreign policy as well as an activity that challenges students to reimagine foreign policy in light of what they've learned.

Classical Republicanism Lesson Plan

16. Classical Republicanism Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students examine the evolution of classical republicanism and describe its characteristics using domain-specific vocabulary.

Classical Republicanism: Definition & Overview

17. Classical Republicanism: Definition & Overview

Classical republicanism is the idea that a government should be based on the consent of the people. If a government deviates from the will of the governed, the people have a right to form a new government. Learn all about it in this lesson.

Political Machines Lesson Plan

18. Political Machines Lesson Plan

Using this lesson plan, students will learn about political machines. First, they will engage in a collaborative informational text protocol. As a performance task, they will participate in a debate about political machines.

Political Machine: Definition & History

19. Political Machine: Definition & History

The urban political machine dominated the American cityscape around the turn of the 20th century. In exchange for votes and support, the machine allied with both rich and poor in major urban areas. Learn more about it in this lesson.

Peace Corps Lesson Plan

20. Peace Corps Lesson Plan

What is the Peace Corps and what is its history? This lesson plan outlines critical facts about the Peace Corps while an activity gives students more information about the types of opportunities available in the Peace Corps.

What is the Peace Corps? - History & Criticism

21. What is the Peace Corps? - History & Criticism

Experience the history of the Peace Corps, a 54-year old American government program dedicated to sending men and women abroad to share knowledge and skills with other nations. Learn about its accomplishments as well as its critics' views.

Public Opinion, Media & American Politics Activities

22. Public Opinion, Media & American Politics Activities

Teaching students to navigate the media and public opinion plays an increasingly important role in helping them become thoughtful citizens. This lesson offers activities well-suited toward achieving this goal.

Gerrymandering Lesson Plan

23. Gerrymandering Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to help your students define and learn the history of gerrymandering. See examples of the political practice in the lesson and then have students participate in a research project.

Patriot Act Lesson Plan

24. Patriot Act Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach your students the main components of the Patriot Act. Your class can explore some pros and cons of the Patriot Act, then you can follow up with a high-level thinking activity.

Political Parties Lesson Plan

25. Political Parties Lesson Plan

Take your instruction on political parties to another level with the help of a Study.com video lesson and a fun and interactive group activity. To take this topic further, consider making use of the supplementary activities and related lessons provided.

History of Political Parties in the US Lesson Plan

26. History of Political Parties in the US Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with activities to engage students in learning about the history of political parties in the United States. Students will learn about the events leading up to the war and the outcome.

Campaign Finance Lesson Plan

27. Campaign Finance Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers a way to introduce students to campaign finance, sources of financial assistance, and regulations and oversight related to spending and donations. Students will create artifacts about a fictional fundraising campaign.

Lobbying Lesson Plan

28. Lobbying Lesson Plan

This lesson plan introduces students to the concept of lobbying in government. After a video lesson and short worksheet, paired debate is used to help students clarify their understanding of and position on lobbying in government.

Supreme Court Case Project Ideas

29. Supreme Court Case Project Ideas

These projects are designed to help students engage with the facts of major Supreme Court cases and to evaluate how crucial these cases were to United States citizens.

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