ERIC Number: ED308119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Perspectives: Readings on Contemporary American Government. Teacher's Guide.
Chibucos, Pamela E.
This teacher's guide provides goals and objectives, terms and concepts to know, motivators, student activities, and student worksheets that correspond to the readings presented in a companion student handbook of the same title. One activity requires students to examine the U.S. Constitution and the constitution of their particular state in order to determine which of a list of powers are national, state, local, or shared. A second activity explores the growth of presidential power. A third activity helps students deepen their understanding of the concept of representation. Students can explore the right to a quality defense, discuss the government bureaucracy, and learn about political lobbying. A fourth activity asks students to make a list of guidelines they feel would be useful for all members of society to keep in mind in their encounters with the media. A case study (a fifth activity) explores the public's right to know versus the right to privacy of an individual or government. A sixth activity asks students to conduct a survey to identify why people do or do not vote. In a final activity, students are encouraged to identify a variety of issues about which they feel strongly. In groups, they research their topics for a class presentation. After the presentations, students discuss how their attitudes have changed toward the topic. A sample issue within this activity is related to a case study of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). (GEA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Close Up Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution