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Below is a sample breakdown of the U.S. Public, Social and Environmental Policy 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||Public policy||Identifying problems to be addressed by policy, how policy is formed and carried out, types of public policy|
|Tuesday||Education policy||Republican and Democrat views on education policy, common ground among the parties|
|Wednesday||Social insurance programs||Types of social insurance programs and examples, the debate over such programs|
|Thursday||Public assistance programs||Types of public assistance programs and examples, the history of public assistance programs in the U.S.|
|Friday||Environmental policy||Current U.S. environmental policies, the debate over environmental policy making at the federal government level|
1. The Public Policy Process: Problem Recognition, Policy Formation & Policy Implementation
Good public policy is grounded in a sound policy making process. In this lesson, you'll learn about the rational-comprehensive model of policy formation and the steps involved in using it. A short quiz follows the lesson.
2. Types of Public Policy in the United States
'What should the government do about it?' This is a fundamental public policy question, and the scope of 'it' continues to expand in our modern society. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of public policy in the United States.
3. Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences
Democrats and Republicans agree that the future success of the United States lies in an effective education system. However, while they agree on the overall goal, the two parties disagree about the best policies to accomplish it. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the education policy perspectives of each party.
4. Social Insurance Programs: Definition, Types & Examples
Social insurance programs constitute the largest expenditure in the federal budget. In this lesson, you'll learn about social insurance, and we'll also take a look at the major federal social insurance programs. A short quiz follows the lesson.
5. Public Assistance Programs: Origins, Development, Types & Examples
Poverty is still a serious problem in the United States and would be even more so but for various federal and state public assistance programs. In this lesson, you'll learn about what a public assistance program is and types of programs.
6. How the U.S. Government Protects the Environment
One of the most controversial areas of government policy today is environmental policy. In this lesson, you'll learn how U.S. government environmental policy is made and you'll be provided an overview of some major legislative acts.
7. Public Service Announcement Lesson Plan
A Public Service Annoucement (PSA) is designed to inform the public. Today your students will study a text lesson, take a related quiz, and take part in an interesting hands-on activity to reinforce new concepts about PSAs.
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