My lesson plan will discuss governments from around the world.
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 7th Grade
Lesson Title: Government and Civics
NYS Learning Standards: Social Studies
- Standard 1 – History of the United States and New York: use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, eras, themes, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.
- Standard 5 – Civics, Citizenship, and Government: use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of the necessity for establishing governments; the governmental system of the U.S. and other nations; the U.S. Constitution; the basic civic values of American constitutional democracy; and the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizenship, including avenues of participation.
- For the students to learn about how people around the world live.
- For the students to find the benefits of one government to another.
- For the students to be able to grasp the importance of equality and peace
- For the students to be able to distinguish between good and evil governments.
- For the students to be able to discuss what they believe would be the perfect government.
- The students will need to distinguish between Democracy and Communism.
- The students will need to understand why Democracy is such a likable government structure.
Materials/Resources Needed: Internet
Question student should be able to answer at the end of the lesson:
In a democracy, the government is elected by the people. Everyone who is eligible to vote has a chance to have their say over who runs the country. It is distinct from governments controlled by a particular social class or group or by a single person.
A democracy is determined either directly or through elected representatives
Government by a single person having unlimited power; despotism (domination through threat of punishment and violence) .
A government in which a few people such as a dominant clan or clique have power.
A monarchy has a king, queen, emperor or empress.
The ruling position can be passed on to the ruler’s heirs.
In some traditional monarchies, the monarch has absolute power.
A country ruled by a single leader. The leader has not been elected and may use force to keep control.
In a military dictatorship, the army is in control.
In a communist country, the government owns property such as businesses and farms.
It provides its people’s healthcare, education and welfare.