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Natasha Schiffmannatasha.schiffman@jordandistrict.orgUS 2
Natasha Schiffmannatasha.schiffman@jordandistrict.orgUS 21.1Lesson on impact of technology in the 1920s.
Natasha Schiffmannatasha.schiffman@jordandistrict.orgUS 21.2Lesson and Pull factors for Immigrants in the US Early 1900’s
-The site below provides some primary source letters from immigrants and some good guiding questions for students to think about as they read.
You can then have students connect these experiences to modern experiences of immigrants by interviewing somebody and making comparisons.
Natasha Schiffmannatasha.schiffman@jordandistrict.orgUS 21.3Lesson of Industrialization on Society: “The Jungle” and “How the Other Half Lives”
Natasha Schiffmannatasha.schiffman@jordandistrict.orgUS 21.2Lesson in the US
Natasha Schiffmannatasha.schiffman@jordandistrict.orgUS 21.4Lesson Barron vs. Captain of Industry
5/23/2017 11:20:07Robert Austinrobert.austin@schools.utah.govUS Government & constitutional concepts video that covers Articles of Confederation, Shays Rebellion and the writing of the Constitution) KH
5/23/2017 11:24:35Robert Austinrobert.austin@schools.utah.govUS Government & Citizenship1.1Website Bowl 48 reading of the Declaration of Independence --there is also one from super bowl 45) LW
5/23/2017 11:33:19Robert Austinrobert.austin@schools.utah.govUS Government & Citizenship1.1Website videos can be used in whole or in part to teach concepts. Because it is online, this can also be linked to a course management system or integrated into an online course as well as done in the traditional face to face setting. Rather than simply showing the entire series, teachers should pick and choose what works for them.
5/23/2017 15:41:51Robert Austinrobert.austin@schools.utah.govUS Government & Citizenship1.1LessonTimeline of British and Colonial Influences on Government Students are given a list of events from early American history and put them in chronological order. As a class you will discuss the events reviewing items that they should already have background on. Finally, they will create a timeline of the events; lesson handouts that could work with this activity are in the resource folder
5/23/2017 15:43:18Robert Austinrobert.austin@schools.utah.govUS Government & Citizenship1.1LessonMagna Carta to the US ConstitutionCompare portions of the Magna Carta to the US Constitution to see the direct influence (lesson handout found in resource folder)
5/23/2017 16:50:25Robert Austinrobert.austin@schools.utah.govUS Government & Citizenship1.1LessonCompare Declaration of Independence to Locke's Second TreatiseHave students read excerpts from John Locke’s Second Treatise (pdf in the resources folder) and compare it to the Declaration of Independence in a modified venn diagram (in the resources folder). The website for the Locke excerpts is found above.
5/23/2017 17:13:02Robert Austinrobert.austin@schools.utah.govUS Government & Citizenship1.1LessonExploring the US Constitution: Teaching Guide. This “teaching guide” is a primary source set from the Digital Public Library. It comes with discussion questions, classroom activities, and primary source analysis tools.Including Shays’ Rebellion and Federalist Paper 51. It gives reminders for encouraging students to remember--author pov, purpose, historical context and audience and offers ideas for further investigation.
6/16/2017 8:22:47Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Key constitutional concepts video that covers Articles of Confederation, Shays Rebellion and the writing of the Constitution KH
6/16/2017 8:23:23Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Super Bowl 48 reading of the Declaration of Independence --there is also one from super bowl 45 LW
6/16/2017 8:24:01Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Reading of the Declaration by actors LW & TS
6/16/2017 8:24:42Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration. This is a music video sung to the tune of the same name, but with the Declaration of Independence as the subject of the song--students love it! SVO
6/16/2017 8:25:31Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Studio C skit on the founding fathers as a fraternity. Short funny video on the founding fathers. Can be used as an introductory activity. LW
6/16/2017 8:26:04Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Excerpts from John Locke’s Second Treatise
6/16/2017 8:27:04Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Khan Academy- These videos can be used in whole or in part to teach concepts. Because it is online, this can also be linked to a course management system or integrated into an online course as well as done in the traditional face to face setting. Rather than simply showing the entire series, teachers should pick and choose what works for them.
6/16/2017 8:27:49Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Articles of Confederation- A brief description of the AofC and some short videos.
6/16/2017 8:28:47Megan Osborn
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Translation of Declaration of Independence
Student take sections of the D of I and “translate” the words into more common, everyday language LW & TS
6/16/2017 8:32:38Megan Osborn
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1.1LessonFederalist No. 10 - 10 questions
Assignment includes an excerpt from Federalist #10 with 10 follow up reading questions LW
6/16/2017 8:33:22Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Students write their own Declaration of Independence
Students are given a template and expected to pick a subject of their choice in which to declare their independence TS
6/16/2017 8:34:45Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Important Historical Documents in American Government and History
Great activity to review or teach--use textbooks or internet. Assign groups one of the nine documents then have them give quick presentation about them--be sure each group highlights the importance of the document. SVO
6/16/2017 8:37:12Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.1LessonDocuments of Freedom
Provide excerpts from Montesquieu's, “Spirit of Laws”, the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, and the English Bill of Rights. Have students read and summarize each excerpt and then have them identify and describe a key Constitutional principle found in the excerpt. This is a discussion of where did the ideas possible come from. For example the English Bill of Rights is a good example of separation of powers and checks and balances, as it describes things the King is not allowed to do without the consent of Parliament. Some of the excerpts require a good understanding of the context to really understand the principle so that may be required as part of the reading. A document analysis worksheet from the national archives website may be a good tool as students are reading the document.
6/16/2017 8:39:53Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.1LessonVirginia Declaration of Rights
Have the students study the Virginia Declaration of Rights as the first constitution to contain individual rights and discuss how this document influenced the Declaration of Independence and the writing of the United States Constitution. Use a copy of the Declaration of Rights and accompanying questions to facilitate the discussion. AB
6/16/2017 8:41:08Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.1LessonConstitution Day
Particularly applicable when teaching first semester government classes, discuss with students Constitution Day and the importance of recognizing and celebrating it. Have students read the article “Why Celebrate Constitution Day” and have them answer the accompanying questions to better clarify their understanding of the writing of the Constitution and why the day of signing is celebrated. AB
6/16/2017 8:41:47Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.1Text/BookWe the PeopleTextbook
6/16/2017 8:42:53Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Dallin H. Oaks Utah’s Constitution Day Celebration, “Fundamentals of Our Constitutions.” Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Utah September 17, 2010. (This speech has some good solid explanations of fundamentals of constitutional ideals--best as a resource for teachers rather than for classroom use.)
6/16/2017 8:43:55Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.2WebsiteCrashcourse on government (Youtube)
There is a you tube channel done by Craig Benzill. He has multiple videos on government topics. Most video’s are between 5-10 minutes. Very easy to watch and can be used to introduce or summarize a concept. LW
6/16/2017 8:44:57Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Video--James Madison - The Writing of the Constitution from The Community College of Baltimore County Historical Actor John Douglas Hall portrays President James Madison in a performance recorded at CCBC Essex as part of Constitution Week. Hall, as President James Madison - the "Father of the Constitution, discusses the writing of the constitution and the thought process behind the way it was written.(Okay, the concept is cool and the ideas are sound, but it’s a bit dry, about 50 minutes) SVO
6/16/2017 8:46:28Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.2LessonWho’s in Charge? Activity
This is a get to know you activity with current office holders on multiple levels (school/district/state/national). Students find other students who know the names of those current office holders. Good introductory lesson into the various levels and aspects of power LW
6/16/2017 8:47:21Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.2LessonVocabulary Scavenger Hunt
Vocabulary - such as, federalism and separation of powers, are placed around the room on cards, the definitions are also posted. Students work their way around the room finding each term and its definition. The class works to place the terms and the definitions together. This vocabulary creates a foundation for future discussion. SVO
6/16/2017 8:48:11Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
The Redistricting Game, this simulation by USC Annenberg Center is tremendous for teaching gerrymandering and redistricting. Some students will really get into it, others will struggle because it really makes you think. SVO
6/16/2017 8:49:21Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
“How is Power Divided in the United States Government” TED Talks provides a quick review lesson with a video, a couple of comprehension questions and an open ended discussion question about the first 3 articles of the Constitution.

WARNING: this video is NOT particularly rigorous, but it might be used best as a warm up review for seniors, or perhaps in a flipped classroom, a reminder for students who will be coming in the next day for a deeper discussion or for absent students to catch them up, or ELL students, or struggling students.
6/16/2017 8:50:43Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.2AssessmentLopez Case
After teaching federalism, as a formative assessment, have students read through through the opinion of the Supreme Court Case Lopez v. United States . Students should be able to explain how federalism is applied in this case and be able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of federalism citing examples from the case. TM
6/16/2017 8:51:39Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Government website giving information about the Cabinet and secretaries
6/16/2017 8:52:30Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Three Branches Rap song- fun memorable/catchy words, tune and clear explanation of the three branches by Smart Songs SVO
6/16/2017 8:53:10Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Song by ProPublica that explains the redistricting process, discusses gerrymandering using modern music LW
6/16/2017 8:54:00Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Gerrymandering Explained (using the animal kingdom) from CGP Grey, very easy to understand. SVO
6/16/2017 8:54:58Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Multiple Party Gerrymandering bonus video
6/16/2017 8:55:50Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
20 minute video explaining the process creating a law--small one room schoolhouse in Yosemite trying to get federal funding--more in depth than “I’m Just a Bill” Schoolhouse Rock TS
6/16/2017 8:56:25Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
White House Website for current events
6/16/2017 8:57:06Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
PBS video explaining Marbury v. Madison and the concept of judicial review TM
6/16/2017 8:58:02Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Video on Marbury v Madison created by HipHistory--fun--good for some good chuckles only 8 mins SVO
6/16/2017 8:58:53Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Video on Marbury v Madison created by the Metropolitan Public Broadcasting in 1977--so it’s a little aged, but still very well done. 33 mins long. SVO
6/16/2017 8:59:41Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Video Marbury v Madison from Crash Course History
6/16/2017 9:00:36Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Cabinet simulation- for this simulation students either become the President or a Cabinet Secretary. In each group there are four cabinet secretaries and one president. The cabinet secretaries are then given different scenarios that they each present to the President who is responsible for distributing money based on the arguments presented by the Cabinet Secretaries. AB
6/16/2017 9:01:39Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.3LessonConstitutional Outline Activity
Students are given an outline of the Constitution and read the Constitution and fill out major components of each article TS
6/16/2017 9:02:22Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Venn-Diagram comparing House and Senate
Students compare and contrast the House of Representatives and the Senate. Duties, organization, and leadership are covered LW
6/16/2017 9:02:56Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.3LessonCompare 2 Cabinet Positions
Students choose two cabinet departments to research their role, the agencies within, their budget and their historical relevance
6/16/2017 9:04:04Megan Osborn
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1.3LessonLeadership Chart of Congress
Students will fill out a chart on the major leadership positions of both the House and the Senate. TS
6/16/2017 9:05:18Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.3Online Game
Lawcraft from this online game helps students experience the ins and outs of taking an idea and turning it into a law while dealing with the political travails in Washington. SVO
6/16/2017 9:06:18Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
The Making of a Law- Students will become more familiar with the interconnection of people, principles, and processes associated with the establishment of laws.TM
6/16/2017 9:07:16Megan Osborn
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Case study of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Students will understand how laws are made through the study of how this piece of legislation was passed.
6/16/2017 9:09:07Megan Osborn
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1.3LessonRedistricting CartoonHow to win an election
6/16/2017 9:11:26Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.3LessonScalia CartoonSupreme Court Vacancy
6/16/2017 9:13:38Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Picking New Supreme Court Justices Musical Chairs
Political Parties and the Supreme Court Cartoon--Musical Chairs SVO
6/16/2017 9:14:31Megan Osborn
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1.3LessonHow to Analyze Political CartoonsWorksheet can be used with any political cartoon
6/16/2017 9:15:49Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Seeing the Six Principles in Our Government Today
Worksheet--nice quick practice application review of popular sovereignty, limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances, judicial review, and federalism. The .pdf in resource folder along with an answer sheet of similar assignment but bigger packet which includes some amendment review as well SVO
6/16/2017 9:18:19Megan Osborn
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1.3LessonWho Are They?
A worksheet that students fill out with information about their senators and representatives. A quick way to help the students become familiar with their Washington representation. AB
6/16/2017 9:19:24Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.3LessonCampaign Ad Analysis
Using televised campaign ads from each presidential election from the first one (Eisenhower) up to the current election, students can view the ads and analyze each for different aspects that are considered in all campaign advertising. All ads may be found on YouTube.
6/16/2017 9:20:37Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Comparing the Magna Carta to the US Constitution
Worksheet comparing the 2 documents
6/16/2017 9:22:28Megan Osborn
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1.3LessonLocke-Declaration Venn Diagram
Students read both documents and fill out the venn diagram to compare and contrast them.
6/16/2017 9:24:03Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
1.3LessonTown Hall Simulation
Students will explore the political, personal, and economic issues involved in making this decision as they assume different roles in this simulation.
6/16/2017 9:25:16Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Rap song on the Bill of Rights
6/16/2017 9:26:01Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.1Website Law Website great resources for teaching Supreme Court Cases
6/16/2017 9:26:38Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.1WebsiteAnnenberg WebsiteVideos on Gideon v. Wainwright, Mapp v. Ohio and Miranda v. Arizona
6/16/2017 9:28:22Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.1LessonBill of Rights Group Presentations
Students focus on one of the first ten amendments and relate the amendment to current day controversies. KH
6/16/2017 9:29:11Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Civil Rights and Civil Liberties lesson that has students identify civil liberties and discuss the difference between civil rights and civil liberties. Then students examine the principle of civil liberties within the context of World War II. TM
6/16/2017 9:29:54Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell.
Basic Economics is a citizen’s guide to economics-for those who want to understand how the economy works but have no interest in jargon or equations. Sowell reveals the general principles behind any kind of economy-capitalist, socialist, feudal, and so on. In readable language, he shows how to critique economic policies in terms of the incentives they create, rather than the goals they proclaim. TM
6/16/2017 9:31:50Megan Osborn
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2.2Website multimedia judicial archive of the Supreme Court of the United States.
6/16/2017 9:32:47Megan Osborn
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Affirmative Action- PBS NOW episode “Attacking Affirmative Action” with accompanying lesson plan AB
6/16/2017 9:33:29Megan Osborn
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2.2Video PBS clips in regard to the recent SCOTUS affirmative action decision AB
6/16/2017 9:34:03Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.2Video PBS clips in regard to the recent SCOTUS affirmative action decision AB
6/16/2017 9:34:52Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.2Lesson1st Amendment Fridays
Have students bring articles on current events which either support or criticize the 1st Amendment SVO
6/16/2017 9:35:58Megan Osborn
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2.2LessonFederal Paper No. 78
As students read have them note the ways in which Hamilton says the judiciary’s power will be limited. SVO
6/16/2017 9:37:07Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.2LessonThe History of Affirmative Action
Gives brief summaries of events in government history in regard to affirmative action and provides questions to guide students. The document takes the events up through 2008 and so would need to be updated with the latest SCOTUS decision. AB
6/16/2017 9:38:02Megan Osborn
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2.3Website your congressmen
6/16/2017 9:38:34Megan Osborn
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A series of 5 lesson plans geared to educate students about the voting process and the need to be an informed voter. TM
6/16/2017 9:39:12Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
9066 to 9/11:America’s Concentration Camps, Then...and Now? DVD
This 20-minute documentary focuses on the parallels between the post-September 11 treatment of Arab Americans and Muslims LW
6/16/2017 9:39:54Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.3LessonCurrent Issue Cartoon/EditorialStudents create a political cartoon or write an editorial on a current issue of their choice TS
6/16/2017 9:40:43Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.3LessonGuest Speaker
Invite your county clerk or board of elections representatives to talk with students about the process of signing up to vote, local election laws (How many signatures to get a candidate on the ballot? How about an initiative? What are the deadlines to register? How many elected positions are there in your city? How often and when are elections held?) TM
6/16/2017 9:41:28Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Have students check out the voting statistics for Utah/your precinct/your city and have them find out the median voting age, how many youth vote, how Utah/your precinct/your city compare to others. Have them share their statistics in an assembly, school newspaper, school display, or through social media to encourage voter participation. TM
6/16/2017 9:42:15Megan Osborn
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2.3LessonGuest Speaker
Invite representatives from a variety of political parties to your class/school and have them discuss their party platforms with students. TM

Invite someone from League of Women Voters to your class to talk about the process of voter registration and explain the nuts and bolts to students. TM
6/16/2017 9:42:53Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
2.3LessonVoter Registration Drive
Hold a student-led voter registration drive at your school or other location in your community for those who are 18, are turning 18 before the next election, and for members of the community outside of school who aren’t registered to vote. This experience helps students understand the registration process better and helps the community. TM
6/16/2017 9:43:32Megan Osborn
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Jury Service: Our Duty and Privilege as Citizens Very detailed Lesson plan by Annenberg with worksheets, videos, role plays can be condensed, could use bits and pieces of this as time and interest allows. Weakness: some activities are aimed more for the middle school crowd. Download in resource file. SVO
6/16/2017 9:44:37Megan Osborn
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2.3LessonTrue Citizenship
What does it mean to be a “true” citizen? Draw an outline of a person on the board taking up a large amount of space. Ask the students to brainstorm all the qualities a person needs to have in order to be considered a “good” citizen. Take suggestions until the figure is full. Then give the students the True Citizenship worksheet and have them answer the questions in preparation for a more indepth discussion of what citizenship means and what it takes to be a “good” citizen. The questions are all opinion based so time for a lengthy discussion needs to be allowed. AB
6/16/2017 9:45:45Megan Osborn
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2.3LessonCivil Disobedience- Dissent
Civil disobedience is a controversial idea of expressing one’s displeasure with the government. Explain what dissent means and give students examples of people and events connect to civil disobedience (Rosa Parks, sit-ins, conscientious objection, etc.). Have them read the article “Dissent Takes Many Forms in the United States” and answer the accompanying questions. Discuss the answers as a class. As an extension, assign an essay with the prompt, “Using the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution as support, defend or refute the use of civil disobedience as a viable form of protest.” AB
6/16/2017 9:46:46Megan Osborn
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List of Organizations
Participation Resources
List of national aid and civic organizations for students to consider contacting--in Resource File SVO
6/16/2017 9:47:21Megan Osborn
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2.3Text/BookCivic & Character Education in UtahBooklet created by LaVar Christenson SVO
6/16/2017 9:48:32Megan Osborn
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3.1Websiteutah.govIn addition to county and city websites, as applicable
6/16/2017 9:50:34Megan Osborn
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3.1LessonFederalism Classification
A list of powers in the United States along with a chart as to whether these powers belong with the nation, state, or are shared. Easy reference for the student to use throughout the semester to identify who holds which powers. Can be used to assess understanding of power distribution also.
6/16/2017 9:51:19Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
3.1LessonFederalism and Marijuana
A SCOTUS case study where the argument of whether the state or the nation has control when it comes to the growing and use of medical marijuana.
6/16/2017 9:52:55Megan Osborn
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Comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying and data. Students can look up any federal office holder to find contributions, spending, cash on hand, etc LW & TS
6/16/2017 9:53:52Megan Osborn
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Show the political parties, candidates and current issues may side with based on survey results. Simple and easy to use. LW & TS
6/16/2017 9:54:44Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Tutorial on political ideology and self test on political ideology-based on a college textbook Challenge of Democracy. Includes a tutorial on political ideology. LW
6/16/2017 9:55:30Megan Osborn
US Government & Citizenship
Studio C episode on the Republicans and Democrats. In this episode the two parties are represented as parents fighting over custody of their “daughter’ the United States of America. LW